How to expand your backyard garden

As a sequel to our last garden article, this article explores ways in which you could expand your backyard garden and be innovative in doing so as well! Our Anonymous Khalo gave us the following tips that help you be purposeful, mindful, and environmentally friendly. We hope you find them useful!

1- Inhouse greenhouse

If you are interested in building your own greenhouse but don’t have the luxury of time, use an empty room or space in your house! It doesn’t need to be a large room, any size will do. You’ll need metal shelf racks, their size and amount will depend on your room size. Then you’ll need LED lights that would be placed on top of each rack - this helps with heating and giving the plant enough needed light since it's indoors. Then you could place your potted plants on the racks, cover them with saran wrap to keep the moisture in and then cover them with aluminum foil to increase the light exposure and heat of the LED lights. Lastly, always remember to water the seeds!


2 - Be purposeful & mindful

Once you find a good rhythm to gardening and wish to expand your garden, you’ll need to be mindful of two points:

  • Section your garden purposefully. Only build the needed amount of raised beds, and then use each bed for multiple types of plants. Also, if the plant grows upwards and needs an area to grow and climb, plant it next to a wall. If flying bugs gather around your plants, place a fly killer sticker that would catch any flying insect, this will protect your plants and their fruits. 
  • Be mindful and not wasteful. What I mean by that is to reuse and recycle as much as you can, this will help your plants as well as the earth. For example, if you have remaining bricks or wooden boards from an old project you could use them to build your raised beds. You could use old tiles as garden pathways, old swings as a place for your plants to climb, large woven bags as beds to plant potatoes, and old nespresso cups as a birds scarer. You could also build a compost by just building a higher raised bed, fill it with old compost, food, leaves, slowly turn it and you’ll get yourself some free soil! This will be beneficial for the whole household as well. 

3- Water irrigation

Once you have a medium to large garden, you would want to be more mindful of your water usage. Typically, you would either have sprinklers or hand water your plants, this leads to tons of wasted water that won’t benefit your plants. A better option would be to have a built-in water system that would have a main water tank that pumps out water through small pipelines to the different plants in certain hours - based on the plants’ watering needs. This saves you a lot of time since it would be automated, and a lot of water because the water would go directly to the plants. 

4- Infected plants

When you come across infected plants or produce it is important to remove it and dispose of it so as to not infect the other plants. But make sure not to dispose of it into your compost as that will spoil you compost too.

5- Extra produce = extra love!

When you have a large garden, your produce will increase as well. At this rate, you’d have extra produce, and a good way to repurpose those produce that you don't need is by packaging it and sending it around to your loved ones and family. This is a great way to share your beautiful and delicious produce, as well as your love, with your dear ones.