Awesome Use of Space in a Small Backyard Garden

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Who says you can’t have an abundant garden in a tiny yard?  GardenWeb forum user Ben (bencjedi) shows exactly how he uses buckets, raised block beds, and a livestock panel to grow a gorgeous garden in a very small space.  A livestock panel works perfectly as a trellis for plants that like to climb or need support, like tomatoes, cucumbers, peas, and melons.  The arched trellis also gives the garden a decorative touch.  These galvanized livestock panels can usually be bought for less than $30 at hardware or livestock supply stores, and can often be found even cheaper (or for free) from places like Craigslist.

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After anchoring the panel with T-posts, Ben planted cucumbers and peas in the ground along one edge and placed potted tomatoes on the inside of the arch.  On the other side, he built a raised bed out of free cinder blocks and bricks obtained from a dump site near his house.  He filled the raised bed with a compost and topsoil mix.

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Buckets were used as additional planters around the edges of the raised bed and trellis – a great way to add more plants while saving space, without having to dig up more ground.

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In these photos, taken a few weeks after planting, the plants are thriving, flowers are blooming, and the vining plants are making their way up the trellis.

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By the end of the summer, the plants are growing beautifully and the vines have reached the top of the arch.

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Visit the GardenWeb forum to see Ben’s compilation of photos and descriptions of how he constructed and planted this amazing little garden.  This is a fairly simple and very inexpensive setup that just about anyone could replicate and grow plenty of delicious, healthy food.