• Gardening Without a Garden

    by  • May 1, 2013 • Freelance Writing Samples, Kim Hughes/Real Estate • 0 Comments

    container_gardenMany people who love fresh herbs and vegetables find themselves jealously watching their neighbors working in their gardens every spring. That’s because not all of us have available or suitable ground for our own gardens. Factors including soil quality and too much shade can keep would-be gardeners out of business every year.

    Of course, where there’s a will, there’s a way. And if you just can’t stand the thought of not growing your own veggies and herbs during the summer, you might have to consider some unconventional gardening techniques.

    One of the most popular options for gardeners with no ground space is container gardening. Some folks build their own wooden containers to suit their needs, while others simply buy large enough containers at a garden supply store.  Enterprising container gardeners will base their crops on wheels, and move them about to get the best sun on a daily basis. Purpose-built containers, nicely painted or stained, can be a permanent addition to your landscaping features. Smaller containers and pots can be moved to places where they get both good light and add to the beauty of your home.

    Other gardeners turn to hanging their growing treasures for porches and roofs.  Tomato planters that hang upside down have been popular for years. You can buy them ready to go, or even make your own. Hanging planters filled with basil or oregano instead of ferns are also popular. The convenience of stepping out onto the porch for a few snips of parsley is nothing to be dismissed in the deep heat of summer!

    Hanging gardens do require a bit more focus than a traditional garden. Because they are above ground, plants in containers dry out far more quickly than if they were in the ground. This means you need to monitor the moisture in your hanging gardens on a daily basis. Carefully read the guidance on each plant in your hanging garden to make sure you keep its individual watering correct. It might become a bit tedious, but it won’t take much to stress the plants, or even kill them, if the soil doesn’t stay properly moist.

    There are a lot of benefits to gardening in these ways. Not the least of which is the added beauty of green, growing plants and the delightful aroma of fresh herbs. They’ll always make a positive impact on potential buyers, and so they shouldn’t be overlooked for that purpose!


    Michael has been writing professionally for print, television and the internet for thirty years. As a Senior Producer at CNN International, he examined the future of technology with dozens of brilliant scientists, philosophers and entrepreneurs on the acclaimed series Future Summit. Before that, in the CNN International newsroom, he helped lead the production of award winning coverage of news like the 9/11 attacks, the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, and the devastating 2004 tsunami in Asia. As a director, he has created a dozen short films in the last seven years. He lives with his wife, dog, four cats and two horses in the suburbs of Atlanta.


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