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How to use small spaces creatively to increase your garden's production capacity.

How to use small spaces creatively to increase your garden's production capacity.


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  • 1. Stephany Hoffelt Johnson County Master Gardener
  • 2. Getting Started Where to plant, what? Partial Shade ( 3-5 hours of sun) •Root crops •Leaf crops •Herbs Ex: mints Full Sun ( 6-10 hours of sun) •Vegetables grown for fruits •Herbs Ex: basil or oregano •Ornamental flowers
  • 3. Getting Started What kind of Container? The size of container determines what you can plant. Small containers hold plants that don’t become top heavy.
  • 4. Getting Started What kind of Container? Large containers such as this self contained gardening system hold larger plants or more than one plant.
  • 5. Getting Started What type of soil? Make your own mix: •1 part garden loam •1 part coco peat or peat moss •1 part coarse sand Potting Soil works but after four – six weeks you will need to add fertilizer.
  • 6. Plant Care Watering Watering keeps roots cool. Plants may need to be watered twice a day on hot, dry days. Best to Use •Self-watering containers •Mulch •Plant spikes
  • 7. Plant Care Feeding Try natural fertilizers such as: •Bone Meal - Phosphate •Blood Meal - Nitrogen •Wood Ash – Potassium •Compost Tea •Fish Emulsion •Kelp Meal •Worm Castings Apply according to directions on package.
  • 8. Plant Care Pest Management Cultural Controls •Mulching •Remove diseased leaves and plants •Hand pick pests •Attract beneficial insects Botanical Insecticides
  • 9. Project: Build your own selfcontained gardening system. Step One: Gather materials and equipment. Materials 2 tote boxes with lids 1 pond basket 2-foot length of 1-1/2" plastic pipe or tubing NO PVC gardening cloth Equipment: a pencil or pen a drill 1/4" or larger bit 1-1/2" bit a jig saw Step Two: Cut one tote to the height of the pond basket.
  • 10. Project: Build your own selfcontained gardening system. Step Three Drill holes according to the first picture. Using a jigsaw, cut a circle the size of the pond basket and tubing, as pictured. Step Four Assemble inner box by placing first the pond basket, then the halved tote and finally the tubing.
  • 11. Project: Build your own selfcontained gardening system. Step Five Cut center of lid out with a jigsaw. Step Six Snap lid over gardening cloth as is illustrated in the final picture.