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Reuse Ideas for Gardening in a Small Space


container gardening picture of coconut planter

Coconut Planter

Photograph © Mike Lieberman

I got my start in apartment gardening back in 2009 when I began growing my own food on a fire escape in New York City that was 2 x 3 feet. Since that time I’ve great expanded my growing space to a 13 x 4 balcony in Los Angeles.

Space for me has always been an obstacle. That doesn’t mean that it can’t be overcome. Though most containers and planters will likely be too big or not fit your space, you just need to be a bit more creative with the space that you have.

Here are five great DIY ideas for those of you with small spaces and still want to get your garden on.

Self-watering Containers - These are what I have been using and building since I first started. Not only are they simple to make, but you can make them for less than $5. Hard to beat that.

Hanging Soda Bottle Planters. You don’t have to be a soda drinker to make these, as you can find soda bottles in any recycling bin or ask friends and family to hold on to them for you. When I was living in NYC, I had about 10 of these lining the hand rails on my fire escape with herbs growing out of them.

Coconut Shells - Everywhere you look you see coconut water these days. The shells get chopped open and tossed to the side. Why not clean out the shells and use them as a nice little planter for shallow rooted lettuces?

Shipping Pallet Herb Garden - You can find shipping pallets at construction sites, farmers markets or your local grocery store. Using soda bottles you can easily turn the pallet into a planter.

Rainforest Drops - These are vertical gardening, houseplants and container gardening all rolled up into a ball and reinvented. You can either create your own or buy one.

About Mike Lieberman

Through his blog UrbanOrganicGardener.com and social media, Mike Lieberman inspires and empowers people to start growing their own food and reconnect with their food source. Lieberman believes that growing just one herb or vegetable will make a difference. It will help to cut back the intensive resources that go into the production and transport of food to our plates. It will also help us to re-establish our connection with food that we've lost over the past few years. We are humans. We grow food. Connect with Mike at UrbanOrganicGardener.com, Twitter or Facebook.

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