How to Create a Garden With No Back Yard


People who live in apartments or condos can still create a garden with no back yard. Vegetable, fruits and herbs that are planted and grown in containers can yield harvests equal to those grown in traditional in-ground gardens. The methods are just slightly different, and the benefits are identical. If you live in a space with no yard, get ready to create your own bountiful container garden.

Step 1

Determine what kinds of things you can grow, taking the amount of space you have in which to place your containers. Tomato plants can be grown in large 30 gallon buckets or bins. Carrots can be grown in bins that are at least 15 inches deep. Onions and garlic can be grown in containers as small as 12 inches in diameter. Green onions and lettuce can be grown in containers the size and shape of the average dish pan. And herbs can be grown in any sized container.

Step 2

Taking your space and preferences into consideration, choose the types of vegetables and herbs you want to grow in your home container garden.

Step 3

Assemble your containers on your patio, deck or porch. Place them in an area that gets the most sunlight each day.

Step 4

Fill the containers with potting soil made for growing vegetables. Topsoil (the soil found on the ground) is not as rich and healthy as bagged potting soil, so vegetables will not grow as well if topsoil is used.

Step 5

Mix extended-release fertilizer into the potting soil. Each brand of fertilizer has different concentrations and directions, so please follow the directions on your fertilizer's package.

Step 6

Use your hand gardening tools to create a small hole in the potting soil. The hole should be 2inches wider in diameter than the rootball of the seedling. The depth of the hole should be the height of the rootball plus 2 inches.

Step 7

Place the seedling in the hole, and gently cover the rest of the hole with the potting soil. You can pat the soil around the seedling gently, but don't push it down too firmly. Pushing too hard can cause crowding of the roots.

Step 8

Water the seedlings regularly. The soil should not be allowed to dry out, because this could cause stress on the plant.

Things You'll Need

  • Containers of various sizes
  • Seedlings
  • Gardening gloves (optional)
  • Potting soil
  • Extended-release plant fertilizer
  • Hand-held gardening tools (trowel, rake, etc.)


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About this Author

Cyn Vela is a freelance writer and professional blogger. Her work has been published on dozens of websites, as well as in local print publications. Vela's articles usually focus on where her passions lie: writing, web development, blogging, parenting, gardening, and health and wellness. She studied English literature at Del Mar College, and at the University of Texas at San Antonio.