SMALL SPACE GARDENING-COURTYARD STYLEModern day gardens are much smaller than they used to be.
- Corinne has managed to squeeze in over 200 plants into a small paved courtyard-that doesn't even include duplicates of plants.
- A good start is with recycling crates from your local council, to give you an idea of what works for you. Alternatively, plant into lots of containers that can be moved around to follow the sun.Then venture into raised garden beds.
Making the right choice
- Before any planting, determine the movement of the sun in your small space and and note down the hours of sunlight and shade in each part of your small space/courtyard.
- Choose those edibles that like all day full sun for those spots that get 6 hours plus of sunlight such as tomatoes.
- Leafy vegetables such as lettuce, rocket, Swiss chard and kale, don't mind a bit of shade throughout the day if your have only 3-4 hours of sunlight.
- If you only have morning sun then choose vegetables such as carrots, celery, and dwarf beans.
- For those spots with morning shade and afternoon sun, the choice is climbing cucumbers, climbing peas and beans.
Soil prep is key for Corinne.
The raised garden beds are made up with homemade compost, worm castings and bought in compost and other organic material.
Grow cucumbers on a lattice made of string.
Think of vertical spaces
Think about growing vines like cucumbers and zucchinis and even nasturtiums, vertically.
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