Survival Gardening Doesn’t Have to Take a Lot of Space

One of the things I like best about gardening is the versatility it offers. Plants grow about anywhere and in about anything, as long as you give them what they need, and it doesn’t have to take a lot of space.

If you don’t have a piece of land or even a big yard, don’t worry. Dorothy Ainsworth demonstrates numerous possibilities for gardening in small spaces. There’s no reason you can’t grow a little of your own food wherever you are.

Garden spaces for small places

By Dorothy Ainsworth

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First of all, you don’t need acreage to grow most vegetables and fruits. You can have a customized garden almost anywhere that you can fill containers with soil and have enough sunlight drenching your plants for at least six hours a day—even on an apartment deck. Many edibles can be grown beautifully in wine barrels cut in half, deep cedar planter boxes, window boxes, hanging baskets, terra cotta clay pots, plastic pots, or any other well-drained container—even an old bathtub or wheelbarrow. You can put casters on wooden containers and roll them around to follow the sun, and/or make a simple wooden box with long legs like stilts so you can harvest herbs at waist level.

If your growing space is extremely limited, you can put up trellises along a fence or wall or garage and grow vines and sprawling plants vertically—such as cucumbers, squash, and pole beans.

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Excerpt used with permission of Backwoods Home Magazine. (541)247-8900.

You can use square foot gardening to save space. Get All New Square Foot Gardening, by Mel Bartholomew. If you thought your survival gardening dreams were hampered by limited space, you owe it to yourself to discover what you can grow in small spaces.


Author: John Wesley Smith

John Wesley Smith writes and podcasts from his home in Central Missouri. His goal is to help preppers as he continues along his own preparedness journey.