Creating A Year Round Garden With Limited Space

img_20160929_083304My daughter and I repotted our zucchini’s, and our tomatoes today. We moved them into the space where they are going to live this winter, into the frame, that was about to become a greenhouse.

For the moment we don’t have much space to garden, but we are experimenting with different ways to make the most out of the space we have. We live in California, in the Sacramento Valley, and this is an excellent area for gardening. It’s zone 9, and you can grow almost anything here. As long as you water your plants, of course. The drought, and the hot temperatures during the summer require that you remember your garden every day. On the other hand the winters are mild.

We grew the majority of our food this past summer. As summer came to an end, both me and my daughter wanted more. We didn’t want our garden project to end here. So we decided to build a Β greenhouse. We actually ended up building two. One for our winter vegetables, and one for some of our container fruit trees that needs extra protection during the winter. We finished both greenhouses today.

 

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They are standing next to each other, and look exactly the same.

 

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This is the greenhouse dedicated to our vegetables, and kitchen herbs. Several of the neighbors have actually asked me if I am growing marijuana. I am not. Only vegetables here.

The temperatures are starting to cool off, but we’re still in the middle-upper 80’s, and my container trees can live outside a little longer. I’m going to wait until my fig trees let go of their leaves, before putting them in the green house. They are going to share the greenhouse with my olive trees, (and a variety of some very young, just planted citrus trees.) Fig trees, and olive trees grow grow perfectly well if planted outside here. It’s because they are planted in containers, that I have to protect them this winter. I have nowhere to plant them outside, right now. They can live, and even bear fruit, while growing in containers, for several years. I have mine in 15 gallon smart pots. Eventually I will have more space for fruit trees, and then they will be planted in the ground. It feels great to be able to have a garden, and fruit trees, even with a limited space. I’ve lived on many places, and gardening is slightly (or a lot,) different on every place. I find that the best way to succeed is to talk to, and if possible even work with some local farmers, to see what works in the area. I’ve been very busy doing that this summer. It’s a learning process that I really enjoy! If I can do it, so can you!

I hope you’re having a wonderful day!

/Maria

31 thoughts on “Creating A Year Round Garden With Limited Space

  1. Well if I could go back to 2008 – I would only grow my veggies in containers – I had ground beds, raised beds. And containers – and prefer containers – and some things in a raised bed-
    Anyhow – your greenhouses are nice – and the encouragement to have others have a go was nice – I think people do not realize they can start with herbs – or as u noted – if they have limited space they can do what u have done !
    Side note – last night I showed teen girls some “stevia” I had growing – I have a small back area and this little starter of stevia I bought 4 years ago keeps coming back – I don’t really use it – but they loved sampling the sweet leaves!

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          • Oh cool that u are learning – and I like them (containers) because I think so many plants do better – well it depends
            Quick story – I bought two starter plants of rose of Sharon – loved them and kept one in the pot to protect it til I could decide where to put it – the other one I took a risk with and planted it right away/ within two seasons that planted rose of Sharon was 5 feet and made little saplings the second year (some of which my neighbor had grown) and the potted one was s but stunted – the third year I put that one in ground – but the takeaway from me was how that plant loves the ground / and the one in the large container was too protected (analogies galore) whereas my hydrangea – peppers – mint – Oregano – basil – etc – seem to thrive in containers πŸŒΎπŸƒπŸŒΎπŸƒπŸŒ±

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  2. I’d love to do something like this!!! Especially with my kids…they’d LOVE it! We’re in an apartment for the foreseeable future, so, while we container garden, building greenhouses is unfortunately not on our immediate horizon. Someday maybe, though!!!

    What a fun project to do – and document! Thanks so much for sharing! πŸ™‚

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    • Me too! It’s an experiment, and I’m looking forward to learn from it. Hopefully we will reap a great harvest, if not, I’ll try another approach next year πŸ™‚ I don’t know if I’m most excited about growing vegetables for us to enjoy throughout the year, or the fruit trees we planted in containers. The fruit trees are more of an investment, for many years to come. Looking forward to share the project with you.

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  3. Gardening is satisfying, because “we humans have come from the soil, and to soil we shall return”. Always be in Touch with your Soil. I Love Gardening. Though the Flats system here in Mumbai, does not allow us to have gardens, unless we have crores of money to buy a row house. But we use our narrow balconies to put up pots with plants. I do believe that a bit of touching the leaves, flowers and talking to the plant, helps in making it bloom.

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  4. May I brave it and ask, what plans did you follow to make your green house?

    I’ve made a make shift home in my garage for my small plants. (JalapeΓ±o, Basil, rosemary, P. Viridis, b. Capaai, and some random flowers idk how to identify lol) I have my garage closed off, a grow lamp installed, and a nice heater to keep things warm and I have sealed the garage when it closes.

    I’d much rather have however, an actual green house.

    Also, if you haven’t tried it – try your hand at fungi. It’s the complete opposite of gardening. Fungi grows and consumes oxygen and releases carbon dioxide, it also saps food from organic material.

    I’ve been playing with the idea of generating a sustained eco system by introducing fungi to the soil of my plants and then using a aquaponics system as fish produce waste, fungi aid in the break down of complex chemicals, water filters through the soil back to the fish.

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  5. The frames to these greenhouses are actually prefab, that I ordered from Amazon. I helped someone with their garden, and they gave me an amazon gift card as a thank you. The frames are pretty sturdy, and I might use them again. This was kind of an experiment. I’ve learned that tomatoes are fine in an unheated greenhouse, during winter in our area, bell pepper not so much. It’s been an unusually cold fall and winter so far. My fruit, and olive trees are loving their shelter from the weather.

    When I have my own piece of land, hopefully sooner than later, I will build a permanent, insulated foundation. I think that will make a difference when it comes to the overall heat, and help keep mice away. Learning by doing..lol. I enjoy the process.

    I’ve never heard of actually trying to produce fungi, that’s interesting! I’ve seen some awesome aquaponic systems, and at some point I’ll have to try that.

    It works fantastic to start plants in the garage! I’ve tried that several times, works lika a charm πŸ™‚ I’d love to learn more about your garden projects!

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