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Article by: Gwen Stewart

People choose balcony, patio, , Feng Shui in the Garden and courtyard gardening , How To Make Moss On Your Landscape Rocks And Garden Statues for many different reasons. Some are moving from a large house , Hydroponics Gardening - An Introduction To Hydroponics Gardening For Beginners (part 8) History to smaller accommodation, some don't want the hassle of a large property, , Bare Root Roses, What To Look For When Buying and some chose to live in rental property , The Gazebo Spa: One of 5 Creative Ways to Use Your Garden Gazebo to avoid the high-cost of owning a home. , Which of the Hundreds of Tomato Varieties Should I Plant? Whatever the reason, this doesn't mean we can't garden. , Pruning Weeping Cherry Trees and Other Grafted and Budded Plants No space is too small for a small space garden. , Hydroponics ing - An Introduction To Hydroponics Gardening For Beginners (part 8) History One plant , Handcrafted Garden Bridges Builds Traditional Arched Span Bridges with Modern Flair in a container is a garden. , The Many Faces of a Fence In fact, ever more gardening , for Birds Part 2 options are available in terms of pots, , How to Make a Simple Homemade Aeroponics System half-barrels, window , How To Build A Garden Bench boxes, troughs, cast-iron planters, recycled materials - the list is unending with possibilities.

Planning a Small Space Garden

When planning your small space garden , How Savvy ers Use Mulch To Make Garden Work Easier several steps are fundamental. The first consideration is to determine what purpose this space will serve. Do you want to grow , Permanently Remove Green Pool Algae vegetables, herbs, , Which of the Hundreds of Tomato Varieties Should I Plant? entertain family and friends, meditate, create a place , How To Build A Garden Bench of peace, healing, a memorial garden , How To Make Moss On Your Landscape Rocks And Statues - the list is endless. Next, walk around your space and really look at what you have. Where are doors, , Hydroponics Gardening verses Organic Gardening: Which Grows the Best Cannabis? sheds, , Artificial Trees Advantages permanent planters located? Is there any clutter? Clear out the clutter by asking yourself: 'Do I love it? Have I used it in the past year?' If it no longer serves you, turf it out, paint , How To Build A Garden Bench it or fix it, give it to somebody who needs it.

If possible, take a chair , Permanently Remove Green Pool Algae and sit down, move it around, and think about where the energy , Ceiling Patio Heaters feels best for you. Wherever that is, place , Rose Success your seating such as a park bench, , Artificial Trees Advantages lounge, Muskoka chairs, , Choosing the Right Mower dining furniture, , Artificial Trees Advantages swing, etc. Do you want a formal or informal setting? What features , Gardening for Birds Part 2 do you want? Features , Variety In Garden Plants - How To Choose The Best Plants For Your Garden such as water, , The Many Faces of a Fence flowers, , Wild Seeds - Ten Reasons Why You Should Plant... vegetables, , Permanently Remove Green Pool Algae herbs, , Tips For a Long Lasting Amaryllis wind chimes, wild life, colour, , The Gazebo Spa: One of 5 Creative Ways to Use Your Garden Gazebo etc. add the finishing touches to your small space garden. , Two Answers to a Poinsettia FAQ: How Can I Get My Poinsettia to Rebloom? Finally, make a plan , Two Answers to a Poinsettia FAQ: How Can I Get My Poinsettia to Rebloom? particularly if you are going to use large features , Garden Sheds: Wood Finishing and Weatherproofing Tips such as a half-barrel. Once filled with soil , The Not So Common Day Lily you will not want to be moving it.

Creating a Small Space Garden

Containers. Generally speaking natural , Landscaping, An American Pass Time materials such as wood, , The Gazebo Spa: One of 5 Creative Ways to Use Your Garden Gazebo clay, stone, , Using the Right Hedge Trimmers in Lawn Care or cast iron in all their forms make better companions for plants. , Light Up the Night! Quick Facts about Outdoor Lighting Remember that wet soil , You Can Grow Your Own Herb Garden - Part 5 weighs a lot so if you garden , Light Up the Night! Quick Facts about Outdoor Lighting on a balcony weight restrictions may apply. Containers made from lighter weight materials such as fibreglass are ideal for roof , Permanently Remove Green Pool Algae or balcony gardens. , Hydroponics ing - An Introduction To Hydroponics Gardening For Beginners (part 8) History Styles of containers include hanging baskets, wirework stands and baskets, wood window , Which of the Hundreds of Tomato Varieties Should I Plant? boxes, sinks, troughs, galvanized buckets, old shoes or boots, bathtubs, old tires, and all manner of recycled objects.

Scale. Scale is extremely important in small space gardening. , Feng Shui in the Garden For example, small plants , How To Plan A Garden look more balanced in small containers, large plants , How To Make Moss On Your Landscape Rocks And Garden Statues in large containers. I especially like the effect of vines growing , Choosing the Right Mower on trellis in half-barrels with smaller plants , Which of the Hundreds of Tomato Varieties Should I ? edging the container. In the half-barrels I use, I have grown many different vines but have found that the effect of scarlet runner pole beans (Phaseolus vulgaris) is really a knockout with their gorgeous red flowers , Books About Landscaping and you can eat them too.

Microclimates. Which plants , Garden for Birds #3 prefer which location? Choose plants , Choosing the Right Mower according to the conditions suitable for their optimum growth. Plants , Mint: The Herb of Hospitality such as begonia (Begonia x semperflorens), coleus (Coleus x hybridous), and Fuchsia (Fuchsia x hybrida) prefer shaded areas while geraniums (Pelargonium x hortorum), marigolds (Tagetes erecta), and petunia (Petunia x hybrida) prefer full sun. , Landscaping, An American Pass Time Wind can be a major factor and damage fragile plants. , Wildflower Seeds - Ten Reasons Why You Should ... Choose plants , Stressed Out? Maybe You Need a Gazebo that are wind tolerant such as many of the grasses; the sound of the rustling of the grasses , Bare Root Roses, What To Look For When Buying as the wind blows through them is very pleasing to the ear.

Soil. I buy pre-mixed potting soil , Mint: The Herb of Hospitality from the garden , ing for Birds Part 2 centers or shopping malls. These are generally lighter in weight to carry, sterilized to prevent weed , How To Build A Garden Bench seeds from germinating, and contain a lot of peat moss that helps loosen the soil , Feng Shui in the Garden so that it doesn't compact in pots. , Wildflower Seeds - Ten Reasons Why You Should Plant... I also buy organic , How To Make Moss On Your Landscape Rocks And Garden Statues soil that doesn't have artificial chemicals added as I dump my pots , Know Your Bird Feeders; Part 2 of used soil , The Gazebo Spa: One of 5 Creative Ways to Use Your Garden Gazebo into the garden , How Savvy ers Use Mulch To Make Garden Work Easier where I grow , Using the Right Hedge Trimmers in Lawn Care vegetables.

Watering. Check daily as container plants , How To Plan A Garden often dry out more quickly. This is especially true if you are using clay pots. , Bare Root Roses, What To Look For When Buying Make sure pots , Garden Sheds: Wood Finishing and Weatherproofing Tips have drainage holes, as roots , Using the Right Hedge Trimmers in Lawn Care sitting in water , Container Gardening will rot. When there has been excessive rain or water, , Books About Landscaping empty saucers that are full. If you garden , The Gazebo Spa: One of 5 Creative Ways to Use Your Gazebo on a balcony sit plants , Know Your Bird Feeders; Part 2 on something to catch the water , Ceiling Patio Heaters so that it doesn't run down on your neighbours.

Fertiliser. Due to frequent watering, container plants , Know Your Bird Feeders; Part 2 require fertiliser on a more consistent basis then plants , Two Answers to a Poinsettia FAQ: How Can I Get My Poinsettia to Rebloom? in the ground do. Use organic , Choosing the Right Mower fertilisers such as blood meal, bone meal, or fish , How to Make a Simple Homemade Aeroponics System emulsion, particularly if the soil , Landscaping, An American Pass Time is going to be added to the garden , Rose Success at the end of the season, , Rosemary as chemical fertilisers harm the wildlife. , Ceiling Patio Heaters

Function. When you are creating your small space garden , Pruning Weeping Cherry Trees and Other Grafted and Budded Plants you are actually designing an outdoor room. , House Name Plates Keep in mind that this can be colour , The Many Faces of a Fence co-ordinated to appear as an extension of your home. , June Gardening Tips I move my indoor plants , The Gazebo Spa: One of 5 Creative Ways to Use Your Garden Gazebo outside for the summer , Discount Patio Furniture - An Easy Way to Get the Best (which they love) and design , How To Plan A Garden these areas as garden , How To Build A Bench rooms.

Focal point. Create a focal point such as a large pot, , How Savvy Gardeners Use Mulch To Make Garden Work Easier tall plant , The Not So Common Day Lily or tree, , Abatement With DDT Concept Needs Second Look colour, , Which of the Hundreds of Tomato Varieties Should I Plant? or a water , US State Flags feature. Perennial , Pruning Weeping Cherry Trees and Other Grafted and Budded Plants vines such as Virginia creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia) will grow , Handcrafted Garden Bridges Builds Traditional Arched Span Bridges with Modern Flair in a large container and come back year after year. Create a sense of mystery by hiding a plant , US State Flags or ornament behind something else to give the pleasure of discovering it.

Colour. In a small space, use three colours , Gardening for Birds Part 2 such as pinks, , Ceiling Patio Heaters blues, , You Can Grow Your Own Herb Garden - Part 5 and whites; reds, oranges, and yellows; reds, whites, , Tips For a Long Lasting Amaryllis and blues; or reds, whites, , Two Answers to a Poinsettia FAQ: How Can I Get My Poinsettia to Rebloom? and purples that provide continuity rather than too many colours , Bare Root Roses, What To Look For When Buying which tend to be distracting. Cool colours , You Can Grow Your Own Herb Garden - Part 5 make the space appear bigger and brighter while intense colours , Hydroponics Gardening verses Organic Gardening: Which Grows the Best Cannabis? shrink spaces. A white , Garden Sheds: Wood Finishing and Weatherproofing Tips and green colour , Ceiling Patio Heaters theme called a 'moon garden' is more formal and particularly at night is spectacular. Many white flowers , How To Build A Garden Bench are fragrant at night as well.

Lighting. I especially like the small Xmas lights , The Gazebo Spa: One of 5 Creative Ways to Use Your Garden Gazebo hidden in plants , Stressed Out? Maybe You Need a Gazebo and interwoven throughout a trellis with climbing vines. Up lighting with small spotlights can focus attention on a particular area for evening entertaining.
Gwen Nyhus Stewart, B.S.W., M.G., H.T., is an educator, freelance writer, garden , Stressed Out? Maybe You Need a Gazebo consultant, and author of the book The Healing Garden: A Place , Garden for Birds #3 Of Peace - Gardening , You Can Grow Your Own Herb Garden - Part 5 For The Soil, , Light Up the Night! Quick Facts about Outdoor Lighting Gardening , Feng Shui in the Garden For The Soul. She owns the website Gwen's Healing Garden , Variety In Plants - How To Choose The Best Plants For Your Garden where you will find lots of free information , Stressed Out? Maybe You Need a Gazebo about gardening , How to Make a Simple Homemade Aeroponics System for the soil , The Not So Common Day Lily and gardening , US State Flags for the soul. To find out more about the book and subscribe to her free Newsletter visit http://www.gwenshealinggarden.ca

Gwen Nyhus Stewart © 2004 - 2005. All rights reserved.

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