Home vegetable gardening is widespread. Statista shows that approximately 31.9 million households in the US participate in vegetable gardening. So what gardening trends are here for 2022? The idea of all-weather gardening all binds into two important concepts this year: well-being and self-sufficiency. This article will be focusing on the trends of 2022 regarding landscaping as well as indoor and outdoor vegetable gardening.
A vegetable garden has really been a haven for millions of people since 2019 as the world changed. Our well-being is really important and finding comfort in uncertain times is a way of coping. The extra time spent at home has allowed us to take better care of our plants.
We’ve produced vegetables, packed pots and garden space with plants, and created outdoor chill spots that serve as a place to relax. But the thing is keeping up with design trends does not have to mean harming the environment and exceeding your budget. Just keep it simple. I’ve been drawing more inspiration from nature, learning to appreciate and enjoy the seasons.
Trending Indoor Vegetable Plants
Many people would love to start gardening but have very little or no space outdoor for plants. If you live in an apartment, don’t fear I have a few solutions for you. Perhaps you aren’t living in an apartment but you simply like the idea of having plants indoors. Then here are some ideas you may want to try for vegetable gardening.
1. Grow Garlic in Bottles
Sounds Unrealistic? It’s not. Garlic can be grown in bottles filled with water. Purchase garlic at the market and remove the outer cover from the tip ensuring all cloves are still held together. Cut the top of the plastic bottles then fill each with water. Slowly rest the garlic on the rim and always change the water after a week. Soon they will begin to sprout and you can plant individual cloves in compost.
2. Add Potatoes on Windowsills
With a small glass jar and a windowsill that gets frequent sun, you can grow sweet potatoes indoors. Pour plain water into the jar and place the potato on the rim. After a few days, tiny roots will begin to show, and within weeks, leaves will grow. Ensure to change the water for 3 to 4 days so it doesn’t get stinky.
3. Place Lettuce on Salad Trays
Lettuce is quite an easy vegetable to grow. Even though it can be grown indoors, at least 3 to 5 hours of sunlight is crucial per day. If you decide to grow lettuce in a salad tray, it can be easily transported to your balcony or an open window for sunlight.
4. Grow Mint in Pots
Mint can always come in handy and growing a small pot of your own indoors can be convenient for you. Till the soil and ensure that the plant gets 3 hours of sunlight to grow faster and better. If you need to, then growing more than one pot is possible indoors.
5. Grow Onions in Trays
Growing green onions indoors doesn’t use up a lot of space. However, if you are thinking of growing a lifetime’s supply of onions then indoors surely isn’t the place haha.
Use a wide tray with a lot of depth and fill it with loamy soil then add the green onions. With 4 hours of direct sunlight per day within weeks, you’ll be impressed and the sprouts will remain green and healthy.
6. Growing Eggplants in Pots
If you really like eggplants and want to start growing them indoors it can be a bit tricky but not impossible. You’ll need to ensure that it is placed in an open room that is partly sunny and with enough heat because eggplants are summer thriving plants. Building a grow system, however, would produce enough heat and light. It would then take a few months to reap a few healthy eggplants. It’s worth the wait.
Trending Outdoor Vegetables Plants
These are some of the easiest and most trendy vegetables to grow in garden beds or containers. If this is your first-time gardening and you’re worried you won’t be doing things right, these crops won’t fail you.
1. Bush Beans
Bush beans are easy to grow and within two months or less, you’ll be able to pick baskets of beans for weeks. During the warm season sow the seeds 2 inches into the soil and give each sufficient space. Within weeks you’ll be able to reap a bushel of beans depending on how many seeds you planted.
2. Summer Squash
Even if you decide to plant just one summer squash, you’ll always be able to reap more than you can eat. Plant the seed into the soil filled with compost after spring. You can reap all the squash you’d like when they are approximately 4 to 6 inches long to maintain flavor and quality.
An all-time favorite is crisp and freshly delicious cucumbers. They’re refreshingly crunchy and a vegetable I like to have on a warm summer day to cool down. Cucumbers are grown best during the warm season. Directly plant the seedlings in your garden bed and give them a lot of water and compost consistently. This will give you a higher result of quality cucumbers.
This is another easy vegetable to grow. With quality soil and compost, radishes can be harvested within 24 days of planting them. Sow each seed at least 2 inches apart and cover them with compost. They’ll begin to sprout and in no time, you’ll be reaping your efforts. A great combination to grow with radishes too is carrots.
Kale is a sturdy vegetable that can thrive in a wide range of temperatures. This means you can plant from early spring until temperature levels rise to intense heat. It can be collected at various stages, and the buds and blooms are also tasty!
Trending Landscape Ideas
Raised Bed Gardens
Raised beds are a very spruce way to present your vegetable garden. It creates a beautiful and well-kept appearance while also being useful as you tend to your vegetables.
This strategy of splitting your vegetables into various planters will allow you to concentrate several types of plant food on specific types of vegetables, allowing them to receive the nutrients they require and grow more quickly. To learn more about raised bed gardens check out my other blog posts.
Low on space in your backyard then hanging planter is just the solution for you. Using hanging planters helps you to keep several types of vegetables separate which is beneficial to the plants. If each veggie demand different watering frequencies and amounts, it will make your life easier.
Because planters can grow rather heavy when full, they are best hung from metal frames for strength and stability. Depending on the appearance you want to achieve and the cash you want to spend, the planters themselves could be made of wood, metal, or plastic.
Tiered Vegetable Garden
If you have a slope in your garden, rather than fighting it, use it to your advantage. Make the most of your sloping yard by creating a multi-level vegetable garden by assembling planters in a step-like fashion. You may even paint the outside of the planters to add a little color to your view. Ensure the planter is painted way before plants are added.
If the outside space of your home is decked perhaps some planters could be placed there for growing your vegetables. Planters made of concrete or metal look smooth and stylish on decks, plus they keep soil and compost from leaking over onto your deck. On a decked area, large planters filled with plants will also add some pleasant greenery.
Hanging baskets on your patio is another beautiful trend. This is perfect for growing herbs that don’t need much space to grow. The best part is they can be hung almost anywhere. From in the backyard, on a tree, patio, or balcony.
The humidity in a greenhouse is great for growing veggies, and you’ll discover that your plants flourish even more than if you grow them outside in the open. This might be a bit less trendy this year but it is still on the radar. Modern greenhouses on the market can house your vegetable garden while also making a fashionable statement in your yard if you’re ready to invest a small amount.
Urban Gardening Boxes
This is excellent for vegetable gardening if you live in the city. It can be kept on a balcony, windowsill, or terrace. You can decide on the size best suited for you and it’s perfect for rotating crops in different seasons.
The current garden trend is to make spaces big or small work better for longer seasonal use. This falls in line with planting and how we maintain visual interest throughout the seasons. Your vegetable garden is a safe sanctuary where you should not only focus on tending to plants but also be able to relax and admire your work.
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