The vegetable garden is the main pride of every summer resident. And if earlier these were just huge beds, randomly sown with different amounts of vegetables and herbs, now the vegetable garden is a functional and productive place. Today, you can easily create a garden where there is no place for this, using handy tools and not only. Here are nine creative garden ideas that will help even beginners in gardening.
1. Vegetables as decor
Certain types of vegetables, such as rainbow chard, a subspecies of beets, are too visually appealing to grow in the usual way in the garden. However, they can be easily turned into a bright, cute accent.
In order to create an original composition, you can use curly pots or containers. Absolutely any container that has a good drainage system will do. In addition, this option is also convenient in that it can be moved from a shady place to a sunny one and vice versa. However, you will have to focus on watering more frequently.
2. Raise the beds higher
Raising the garden is an excellent solution that hides many advantages. These include improved drainage, easier watering and pest control. The soil in high beds warms up faster, which has a positive effect on growth and yield. Especially tall beds are good if there are a lot of harmful plants on the site that can spoil the crop.
3. We put in a box
This is a great option in case you need to plant vegetables that grow quickly and bear fruit. For example, several types of salad. A small box that can be formed from wood residues is good for its autonomy and portability. Thanks to this, it can be moved to more sunny places so that the harvest grows faster. The best vegetables for the box are onions, carrots, and others that don't need much maintenance.
4. Suspended vegetable garden
There are no rules that say that vertical plantings can consist solely of flowers. Most of the vegetables we are used to can also be grown in pots. In addition, the crop can become more abundant, since the wall on which the planter is suspended will retain heat longer than normal soil.
Any container is suitable for pots - from old bottles to flower pots and buckets. It is important to remember that after filling with soil and watering, the containers will become heavier, which means they need to be securely fixed to the wall.
5. We use pallets
Old and unnecessary pallets are a great container to fill with compost. Another option is to use them for vertical gardening. To do this, you will need a few handy tools, including a cloth for the bottom of the pallet. In addition, you will have to work on the cutouts between them for the leaves and fruits, but the result is worth it. Pallets can also be hung using strong steel hooks.
6. Combine pots and shelves
The presence of shelves or shelves, as well as a certain number of pots, will help create a beautiful and original area in the garden. You don't have to buy special hanging devices or plant vegetables in the ground - you just need to plant them in voluminous or, conversely, compact pots. The rack with containers can be freely moved, placed in any area of the garden, next to the terrace or directly in the garden. Thus, you can perfectly grow not only vegetables, but also herbs.
7. We connect with flower beds
Some vegetables are great companions for other plants, including flowers. They can be used to make an unusual and original flower bed design. For example, from several varieties of lettuce, which is easy to grow and quickly harvested. Another option is juicy carrots, which can become the visual border of any flower bed.
Before that, it is important to study the compatibility of plants and choose the optimal "neighbors" for your vegetables that will fight pests.
8. Building a garden room
A garden room is a specific structure, which is an autonomous and secluded place in a garden or vegetable garden. This is a kind of full-fledged, but small greenhouse that will help to provide your own table with vegetables throughout the whole year. An especially good option would be a garden room with completely transparent walls. It will not only save on lighting, but also give more heat than wooden or stone structures.
9. Sustainable gardening
Recently, it has become fashionable to follow ecological trends and tendencies, which has affected gardens and vegetable gardens as well. This is how a new style of gardening called "Au Naturel" appeared. Its basis is layering, a large number of vertical beds, perennial vegetables, root crops, as well as an automatic irrigation system and self-sowing plants. Creating such a vegetable garden will require more effort, but at the same time it needs much less care and maintenance than a regular one.
Continuing the topic, there are a few creative ideas, thanks to which even a beginner can make warm high beds, without which it is sometimes so difficult to do.