Gardening Ideas

I’m Magali, a writer and content editor with a green thumb. From scallions in the windowsill to ten-foot sunflowers, I love to experiment and to learn from things that grow!

Getting Back to the Earth: Gardening Without a Yard

Last June, I lived in a house with a large garden that I weeded every day, hovering over my hot pepper seedlings, pinching the suckers off my tomato plants, and watching my sunflowers unfurl. 

This year, it’s a different story. Like many people, I’ve been weathering self-isolation in an apartment building with no access to a yard of my own. However, that doesn’t mean that I don’t have space in which to garden. In this post, I want to share three ways I’ve found to keep on growing.

Experiment with what you have. No matter how limited your space, you probably have room for a flower pot. You may already keep potted plants around your home, but if you want to do something new, there are countless experiments you can try, from rooting ginger and sweet potato slips to growing herbs, seedlings and even vegetables indoors. From your windowsill to your counter and out to your balcony, there’s no end to what you can create with a bit of soil and some imagination.

Buddy up! Do you have a friend, family member or neighbor with a garden? Don’t be shy to ask if they would like some help–just be sure that you maintain appropriate social distance, and always stay safe. I’ve found that a neighbor on my street has large, sprawling gardens, and she has welcomed help with everything from pulling weeds to deciding what to plant. Don’t know someone with a yard of their own? You could sign up to be a Grower with Sundance Harvest’s Liberating Lawns program. Find out more here.

Community gardens. A bit of research on local websites and directories can help you find community gardens in your area. This is a great way to make friends in your neighborhood and learn from new people and their experiences. Municipalities currently have guidelines in place to ensure that gardeners stay safe, so make sure you keep up to date on any regulations that apply. You’ll emerge a better and wiser gardener! You can find some inspiration on the City of Toronto’s Community Gardens webpage.

Even if you don’t have your own yard, you can enjoy fresh produce and the joy of getting back to the earth. All it takes is a little creativity, research, and some dedication. Happy gardening!

–MR

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