As we have entered the 21st century, it appears that the accessibility and size of our gardens are shrinking. Between 1982 and 2013, the average British garden shrunk from 168 m2 to 163.2 m2. It is also estimated that two million homes in Britain don’t have a garden, and by 2020 10.5% of all homes will not have a garden.
In order to utilise the green space to its full capacity, gardeners must be exploring different ways to cultivate their plants. Suttons Seeds, retailers of hanging baskets and other garden essentials, have looked at how people are coping with their smaller spaces.
Bringing the garden indoors
Although not everyone may have a garden, there is always the option to bring your gardening skills inside the home with indoor cultivation. Plants such as cacti are growing in popularity as they can live in the home without many requirements or maintenance.
Not only is having plants indoors aesthetically pleasing, there are other added benefits too. Suggested by research conducted by Mintel, 52% of home-owners claim that they now use houseplants in order to counter pollution levels within the home. This new trend, is influenced by an increased awareness of climate change and the Paris Climate Summit, and contemporary interior design inspirations such as Chinese Feng Shui.
A rise in costs
After the referendum in June in Britain, the sterling has fallen against the euro and the dollar; for gardeners, this means that the price of imported plants is rising.
One way to garden more economically is to use plants that are long-flowering and more durable so that they survive all year round. As plots shrink, cheaper container grown flowers can be used to maximise the space whilst acting cost effectively.
A ‘mindful approach’
The garden can be enjoyed as an area to relax and be mindful. You can take a ‘mindful’ approach to gardening too by being knowledgeable about planting and allowing yourself to be creative in the space that you have. Growing old and underused varieties of vegetables, such as turnips, are also part of this trend.
Growing vegetables in your garden have other advantages too. It is a known fact that houses in Britain are shrinking (Britain has the smallest average size of newly built homes in Europe (76 sq m) which suggests limited storage and cupboard space. Using your garden to its full potential and growing fruit and vegetables that can stay there until they need to be eaten can help address this problem.
There are many homeowners these days who have only ever rented and therefore may not have had the experience of owning a garden. Those living in rented spaces, such as a flat, that don’t have their own garden, spend 40-57% less than homeowners on their garden. Furthermore, the total amount of those owning a garden has fallen from 80% to 77%, which means there is a gap in knowledge where gardening is concerned with younger home owners. This means that many people are not used to having a garden and may not know how to utilise it effectively.
For these gardeners, long-flowering and durable plants are useful. They can be planted without any instruction and left alone as they can survive most weather conditions. If you are a low-maintenance gardener, these plants can be a perfect way to brighten up a small area.
Thanks for stopping by today and if you are looking for some great tips on how to utilise your garden space then please check out my tips for container gardening here
*This article is provided for my readers through collaboration with Sutton seeds. All images are my own*