No matter what space you have available to grow, you can still enjoy growing in spring. With more of us living in flats and apartments we need smart ways of turning small space into a decent garden. The simple solution is to grow plants up the walls. You can build a vertical garden on a balcony or up the side of a shed, garage, your house – any space you can find. Get going by using a trellis to train a climbing plant up the wall.
Sweet peas are a popular plant to start in spring. Most people sow the seeds now, once the weather starts to warm up. Usually, the seeds are sown indoors and then planted out in the garden. Sow sweet pea seeds into good peat-free potting compost in root trainers. Sow the seed thinly, either in individual pots or with around 3cm space between seeds. Cover the seeds with 1cm of compost and water in lightly. Pinching out the tops of the seedlings can help to create bushier plants. Simply pinch off the top of the growing tip between your fingers, breaking the stem just above a pair of leaves. Plant out the seedlings in a spot in full sun or very light dappled shade with rich, well-drained soil.
Window boxes are another popular way to grow plants in a restricted space, but they don’t just have to be on windowsills. Instead, you can put shelves up a wall, with a window box on each level.