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Have you seen the cost of fresh produce lately? It seems like trying to eat healthy get more expensive—but it doesn’t have to. You can grow your own food, or at least some of it, even if you have limited space. If you have a small yard or just a porch or balcony, think creatively, plan out your available space and make some smart choices. Before you know it, you’ll be putting your own freshly grown produce on the table.
Plan Out Your Limited Space
Take a look at your available growing area and determine how much you can spare for fruit plants. A fruit tree is going to take up more space than a strawberry patch, so be prepared to work with the space you have. You can plants grow vertically, instead of a sprawling garden that goes outward. Ways to grow vertically that won’t take up so much room include:
Container gardening is a great way to grow fruits in smaller spaces. You can place the potted plants where you want them and tend to them so they don’t grow over or out of control. Planters come in all shapes and sizes, plain or decorative and are available at home improvement centers or online. You can be creative with found objects to use as containers too—pots, barrels, boxes, dresser drawers, cans, baskets and pallets are just a few of the ways to use ordinary objects as containers.
Grow Just Enough
When you’re starting out in a small space, grow just enough to stock your refrigerator and immediate eating needs. If you have excess, learn how to dehydrate, can or freeze the extras. Grow the fruits you already eat and determine how much space those plants will need. If you don’t grow enough and have the extra room, you can plant more. If you end up with too much, either scale it back, preserve it, or share with neighbors. Or grow fruit in cycles, strawberries one season, and raspberries the next.
The last thing you should feel when planning your garden is that you don’t have enough space. Fruits are healthy and delicious, especially when just picked off the vine or branch. All you need is a little time and effort to maintain your miniature garden to reap those sweet rewards.
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