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Organic Gardening Without A Yard

Organic Gardening Without A Yard – A How To

This guest post is by Janet Lynch of ChefsDiet.com.

Today, many people are going back to more natural things in their lives. This can include eating a healthier diet, working out more, and getting fresh air by taking part in fun and productive activities such as gardening.

In fact, one popular way to spend time, while also including health related benefits, is to participate in organic gardening. The veggies that are produced while doing so can give you a sense of accomplishment, while at the same time giving your body a whole host of good healthy home grown foods.

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Working Around Certain Obstacles – No Yard, No Problem!

While organic gardening can yield many benefits, one drawback to even starting such an activity is finding the adequate space in which to do so – especially if your living quarters do not include a yard.

But never fear – there are several ways to work around this seemingly negative barrier – and the potential solutions may be easier and more cost effective than you think. The truth is that fresh vegetables can be grown in a very small area – provided that you are able to improvise just a bit.

One solution is to build a small garden area out of boards. For example, you can create a raised bed by using four boards – all the same length and height. By nailing the boards together to form a large square, you will have a set gardening area. Certainly, depending on the length of these boards, you can create your make-shift garden to be as big or as small as your space allows.

If you aren’t the handy man or woman type and creating your planting space just isn’t your thing, you could make it even easier on yourself by simply using an old tire or other similar item that will allow for some space to plant in the middle.

Do you need an even smaller garden area? If so, then even a large windowsill can do the trick – while producing a surprisingly hefty amount of veggies from right inside your kitchen! In this case, plastic pots or even a small wooden box can fit the bill for what will be needed.

Putting Your Garden Into Place

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Once you have created your growing spot, place it on a flat and level space. This could include a deck or even a concrete patio. When the mobile garden is in place, you can then begin filling it with potting soil. One of the best suggestions is to use black dirt.

After you have completed the building and filling of your small garden, you will be well on your way to the planting stage. At this time, just as with any other type of gardening, there are some tips that will need to be followed. These include:

Water Frequently

Water is important to all garden crops – and especially so for those that are growing in smaller and defined containers. It is important, though, to find that fine line between providing the essential amount of hydration while not over-watering. In fact, drowning is estimated to be the number one reason why container-grown plants can suffer.

Allow the Plants to Drain

One way to solve the over-watering issue is to ensure that your crops have a way to drain off the excess water or moisture. With your self-made plant container, then, it is imperative that you drill holes in the bottom to allow for the runoff. If your garden space is outdoors, you could give it an extra raise by placing one or two bricks along the four corners, allowing for water to easily drain out.

Provide Nourishment Regularly

Just like people, your plants need nutrition to help them grow. So, the proper type and amount of fertilizer is essential to your garden’s success. Unlike more traditional garden “crops,” the nutrients in your smaller space are likely to be washed away more quickly – presenting the need for more water-based types of fertilizer. Depending on just how many plants you have, you will be able to come up with the proper mix of plant nutrients and water. Then, be sure to sprinkle your crops at least two times per week in order to obtain a well fed harvest.

Good Fresh Organic Eats!

Gardening can be a great activity that yields many benefits including exercise, fresh air, and healthy foods to boot! Even those without a yard should not be prevented from enjoying the numerous advantages that can be had.

In addition, on top of enjoying the fruits – and vegetables – of your labor, one of the best parts about having an organic garden is the eco-friendly décor that it can add to your deck, patio, balcony, or even windowsill!

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Living in an apartment? Want plants? Go up the walls!

So you want plants, but you live in an apartment. Maybe you don't have a patio or maybe you just don't have the room on your balcony, what can you do? Well, we all know plants recycle the carbon dioxide in the air and create oxygen.

Since we breath oxygen, plants are very important – especially during the colder months of the year. During the Fall and Winter seasons people close their windows to keep warm, thus creating a sometimes unhealthy environment for themselves. Without fresh air people tend to get sicker at this time of year. Here's a great product that can help you out if you're in this situation.

The ELT Easy Green™ Living Wall is a beautiful modular living wall panel that can be pre-grown or planted in place. It's perfect for apartment dwellers as well as those who want a more creative "pot" for their plants – it definitely makes a statement.

Woman installing ELT Easy Green Living Wall DIY Kit

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The panels are designed to have water flow through the panels without pulling the soil along with it. There are a series of grooves that channel the water towards the back of the panel, thus ensuring maximum saturation with a minimum amount of water (or effort on your part). It's even designed to have a small reservoir for the plants in case of drought.

Some of the ways these can benefit yourself and the Earth include the conservation of energy by insulating the building walls, thus saving on the need for heating in the winter (and cooling in the summer). They also will filter the air particles in your home, improve air quality, and add humidity (this is helpful when you use your heating in the winter).

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