Back to Basics: No room for a garden? Not a problem

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This week our columnist Lydia Harvey shows us how easy it is to start a garden - even when you don't have a lot of space.

We all lead pretty busy lives these days and between juggling our work, family, sporting and social lives we're left with little time for the things such as gardening, baking or even getting a good homemade meal on the table.

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This can often result in us working just to buy quick and easy foods that are more often than not a convenience at the bottom end of the good food ladder.

But what if you want to live a healthier lifestyle and grow your own food? What if you're time poor or you don't have the space to maintain a large garden to grow your own food?

Well why not give small space gardening a go? Almost anything is suitable to grow in small spaces and here’s how you can do it.

Start small
From windowsill herb planters, garden towers and even hanging baskets – these are ideal for an apartment window or a mini-balcony. It's also the perfect place to start if you have limited outdoor space.

Lydia's pot plants.

Lydia's pot plants.

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Plant balcony gardens
For those lucky enough to have a small balcony space or a little courtyard, fill theses spaces up with edibles such as chives, rosemary beets and other salad greens. You can plant these in wall mounted planters.

Rock the pots
You've successfully kept a small pot of herbs alive and feel like you can expand out. To do this, buy a large garden pot and fill it with soil, add seedlings and water regularly. This works well for silverbeet, strawberries even tomatoes and chillies. Also check out miniature fruit trees which thrive in pots.

Lydia's box garden.

Lydia's box garden.

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Small raised box gardens
For those who are starting out and have enough outdoor space to plant a small garden, start with small makeshift or kitset raised gardens. You can add small trellising and grow upwards with the likes of beans or cucumbers while planting lettuce and other low lying veggies in the front.

Regardless of the space you do or don't have there is in all seasons, in any situation something to grow. It always pays to just begin and start small and from there you can grow.

From Lydia's Garden – Berry smoothie

Lydia's summer smoothie.

Lydia's summer smoothie.

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3 bananas
1 cup of frozen berries
1 tsp. of vanilla extract
Milk

Blend the bananas, berries and vanilla and slowly add the milk.
Continue to add milk until desired consistency is reached.
And there you have it! The perfect spring breakfast or snack smoothie.

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