Gardens are a great way to add healthy foods into your diet, save a little money, make meals stretch, fill the freezer and pantry, and enjoy a variety of flavors. However, not everybody has the space to garden. That doesn’t mean you have to skip it all together. In fact, you may just need to do a little thinking outside the box. Here are a few ideas:
- Re-evaluate your lawn and flower gardens. Is there room to add in a few plants? Could you give up a small amount of lawn for the sake of a garden?
- If you have only a small area, consider sharing with a friend. You grow and share tomatoes, while your friend has pepper plants.
- Consider a community garden plot. Many communities have these, and if you are interested in one in Hutchinson, you can find more information from Hutchinson Park and Rec at 320-234-8507
- Consider raised beds or container gardening. This can be done without a garden plot and can work well for those in an apartment or association-type arrangement.
- Check out a local CSA and be as involved as you’d like in helping weed, pick, etc. CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture.
- Be bold and ask a friend or family member whom you know isn’t using their garden plot and ask to use it this season.
- Maybe a neighbor or farming friend has plenty of room at the end of their field they’d let you use.
- And if none of these options work, there’s always a local farmer’s market or produce stand.
Have you figured out a way to grow some fresh veggies in less than ideal circumstances?