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Moneywise Tiny Space Gardening
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Lyndsey (She/Her)
Financial Educator
Posted June 2, 2022
Do you have a green thumb but no land to cultivate your sought-after dreams of raising crops? Consider putting your skills to use with small space gardening! Many people are finding ways to grow herbs, fruits, and vegetables in their tiny spaces, allowing them to reap mental and physical health benefits while practicing sustainable gardening at low costs. Keep reading to learn more about the advantages of gardening, what to consider when choosing plants, and what you’ll need to get started when planting in your tiny space.
Healthy living
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Tending to a garden can be a fun hobby with extensive health benefits. According to an article by Healthline, researchers have found that working with plants can reduce stress, increase your productivity, and sharpen your focus. Outside of improving your mental health, they can also support healthy living by offering improved air quality while providing an organic food source. Studies by the National Foundation for Cancer Research show that certain fruits, herbs, and vegetables possess antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-carcinogenic capabilities. Some of these can be grown in tiny spaces, yielding nutrient-rich produce for apartment or small yard owners alike.
Sow and reap the savings
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Gardening can positively affect your mental and physical well-being while providing you complete control over what you’re putting into your body at a savings. Growing your own herbs, vegetables, and fruits can offer an alternative to inflated prices during droughts or the off-season. Even during harvest season, buying certified organic or non-genetically modified organism (GMO) products can be expensive. Growing your own can be a cost-effective way to provide your body with the nutrient-rich food you crave without breaking the bank or leaving your home.
Decisions, decisions
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Before you throw on your gardening hat, you will want to consider what plants you would like to grow. What herbs, fruits, or veggies would you enjoy eating? You might also want to research your plants of choice to learn more about their preferred environment, including what light, soil, and watering conditions they require. This will allow you to anticipate how you could accommodate your seedlings in your current space.
 
As you learn about their habitats, note how long it may take your plant to vegetate. Some sprout within a week while other varieties could take years, which may have a bearing on your decision to grow that species. Don’t forget that some plants are toxic to pets, so contemplate ways you can provide your plants appropriate growing conditions while keeping them out of reach of your animals. Consider making use of space by hanging containers from walls, railings, or ceilings to keep your plants and pets safe.
Getting started
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Before becoming a plant parent, you’ll need a few things to provide the appropriate environment and proper care. Those items include pots, a watering vessel, pruners, potting soil or a grow mat, and a well-lit area. You may also need fertilizer, a hand fork, grow lights, a spray bottle, a moisture meter, or a humidifier. Depending on what you choose to grow, it could also be more affordable to purchase a tabletop indoor garden kit. If buying new items is not in your price range, cut costs by sourcing used tools from garage sales, marketplaces, community groups, or family and friends. You could also save money by getting creative. Instead of a pot, consider using an old mug, or use scissors in lieu of pruning shears. Try out this new hobby to explore what benefits and savings you could experience, and happy gardening!
Sources:
https://www.nfcr.org/blog/can-herbs-and-spices-treat-cancer/ https://www.nfcr.org/blog/10-ways-your-diet-can-reduce-your-cancer-risk/ https://www.healthline.com/health/healthy-home-guide/benefits-of-indoor-plants#7-benefits https://www.almanac.com/ https://thepracticalplanter.com/tools-needed-for-indoor-gardening/
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