More Texans than not live with limited outdoor space.
No surprise, when you consider the size of the major metropolitan areas of Texas, like Dallas—which is marked as the 6th fastest growing area in the country, with its population base over the millions. If you’re one of those acreage-challenged Texans, although you may not have enough room for as large a vegetable garden as you’d like, there is still a lot that you can do with only a small space to work with. Here are five tips to maximize your outdoor space and get you growing your favorite plants this season:
1. Group Plants Together
When you are short on outdoor space, placing groups of plants together can help to maximize the plant area of your yard. Take a corner of your yard and place larger potted plants in the back and shorter plants in the front. Grouping plants together like this will create a small garden space in a corner that would normally not be used.
2. Use Narrow Spaces
You may think that that few inches of space next to your home is too small to plant anything, but consider how you can use the space creatively. There are many small plants, like succulents or tulips, which do well in small spaces and won’t outgrow their snug quarters. Making use of this small space helps to brighten the area and will allow a small plant to thrive in just a few inches.
3. Maximize Vertical Space
So many Texas gardeners focus on the land that they have and easily overlook using the vertical space around them. Look at your entire space and decide where some vertical planters could go that wouldn’t take up any land space. Hang a vertical plant hanger on a wall or hang baskets from an overhang to maximize your space. There are also many DIY ways to garden upside down with hanging planters for vegetables such as tomatoes, which can help save more space.
4. Make It Moveable
If you are currently renting and want to be able to take your plant with you when you move, consider using a fabric bag as your planter. Not only are fabric bags pretty and come in many colors, but they also have handles that make it easier for you to tote your plant around if needed. Fabric bags are economical and can be re-used. If your plant outgrows the bag, simply loosen the sides, and re-plant in a bigger bag.
5. Don’t Forget the Steps
If your home includes steps or a patio area, adding potted plants to the space will do wonders for the beauty of your outdoor space. Place small pots on each side of a stair, or consider cutting down your stair size by adding larger pots on just one side of the staircase. There are also products that help to use the hand railing as growing space as well.
Katie Kuchta is a gardening and outdoor living guru, and self-proclaimed foodie. She can often be found cooking in the kitchen or on the hunt for the best tacos, follow her on Instagram @atxtacoqueen.