No matter the size of your property, house or apartment, Spaces2Grow can help you find and create spaces to grow food. Our systems simplify everything you need to do to plan and prepare your spaces, and produce healthy food at home.
Our tools deliver the information and resources of the ever-expanding Spaces2Grow community knowledge bank to you.
You'll receive everything you need to plan and prepare your own growing spaces and choose the crops that will grow best in them.
To help simplify your food production, you'll receive weekly reminders, tailored to your growing spaces and crops, each of which describes what you need to do that week and how to do it. Learn about the features.
Our communal knowledge base expands and evolves as Spaces2Grow members update and share their growing experiences with us and with each other. All members are invited to share what they know and what they learn – so we can all grow together.
Our mission is to create a community-supported Grow-Bank with all the growing information you need in one place, including:
How-to guides for creating your spaces to grow containing plans, illustrations, instructions and parts lists for each of the spaces pictured below:
Growing food the way farmers do.
In a garden bed you might plant single or multiple rows of crops. There are many crops that respond well to growing in rows some of which are happy in beds as small as four feet wide by a foot or two long. Row gardening is often preferred by those with larger garden beds, those who use machinery to farm and by commercial growers.
At Spaces2Grow, you'll get the expert guidance you need on how to lay out your beds, prepare your soil and more!
Square Foot Boxes
Maximize food production in a small space while reducing your labour.
Ideal for small properties, square foot gardens accommodate crops in raised beds sectioned into one-foot square spaces. Plants of different sizes, different nutrient needs or complementary characteristics (e.g., one attracts a predator for the other's pest) are grown in intensive clusters.
These gardens allow you to maximize your food production in a small space. Plus the tight plant clusters shade the soil – reducing the amount of weeding and watering you have to do.
At Spaces2Grow, you'll get detailed instructions on how to build your square foot garden and mix the soil for it as well as information about which crops will grow well in this space.
No land? No problem. Containers are one of the most convenient ways you can grow food on hard surfaces, roofs or indoors.
There are many different types of containers ranging from found objects and DIY homebuilt containers to those marketed specifically for growing plants.
At Spaces2Grow, you'll get examples, samples and DIY plans as well as information on which food crops are happy to grow in containers.
Look up! Take advantage of spaces above to maximize your food production.
Increase the amount food you grow without expanding your footprint by adding vertical structures like arbours, trellises, stakes, cages, tipis, A-frames and maypoles to your garden beds, square foot boxes, containers, and hydroponic and aquaponic systems.
You can also hang containers, place them on shelves or even stack your hydroponic grow beds to take advantage of vertical spaces. Really, the sky's the limit!
At Spaces2Grow, you'll get the guidance you need to create the vertical spaces that will work best for you.
The growing inside story.
Many food plants can be raised indoors with the help of a sunny window or grow lights.
At Spaces2Grow, you'll learn what windows will work best, how to build an indoor nursery and how to choose the best indoor crops.
Extend your growing season!
Glass gardens range in form but all are designed to extend your growing season. Some of the most common glass (or plastic) gardens are hoop houses and cold frames. Hoop houses are unheated enclosed structures where plants are often grown on platforms. Cold frames are also unheated, and generally smaller, enclosed structures where plants are usually grown directly in the ground.
At Spaces2Grow, you'll get detailed instructions on how to build and use hoop houses and cold frames to extend your growing season and produce even more great food.
No soil required: nutrient-enhanced water delivers a versatile and highly productive growing space.
Hydroponic gardens have a small footprint that can be configured in innumerable ways. They easily adapt to indoor or outdoor environments, horizontal or vertical arrangements, and permanent or portable installations. Because these versatile systems deliver nutrient-rich water from a reservoir directly to the roots of plants in grow beds, they are highly productive.
At Spaces2Grow, you'll get detailed instructions on how to build a wall-mounted, removable vertical system that can be easily modified to suit your needs.
Enjoy edible plants and meat protein in a single growing space by letting fish provide your hydroponic nutrients.
Consisting of a grow bed and a water tank stocked with fish, an aquaponic garden is a hybrid system that combines hydroponics with aquaculture. The plants and media in the grow bed filter the nutrients from the water, cleaning it before it is returned to the fish tank in a closed loop system.
An aquaponic system is unique in its ability to provide the grower with both edible plants and meat protein in a single space. Systems can be as simple as a raft bed floated on an aquarium to an ebb and flow design filling a greenhouse.
At Spaces2Grow, you'll get detailed instructions on how to build an aquaponic garden using 55-gallon barrels that can be easily modified to suit different containers or configurations.
Let a low-maintenance pond or bog grow your food for you.
Many native and perennial edibles prefer wetlands or pond edges as do a number of common food crops like watercress. Water gardens make extremely low-maintenance growing spaces – the watering task is already done!
At Spaces2Grow, you'll get helpful resources for building a productive water garden and determining what can grow there.
Forest and Shade Gardens
Yes, you can grow food in shade!
Many native edibles and other foods grow well in the dappled or full shade of a forest garden. You will need to know what kind of trees you have when choosing your forest food crops.
At Spaces2Grow, you'll get the guidance you need to identify your trees and determine which crops will grow successfully under them.
Ethical animal protein.
Micro-livestock can easily be raised in small spaces and will provide you with animal protein as well as organic fertilizer.
At Spaces2Grow, you will get lots of information on how to create housing for your animals, protect them from predators, select or grow their food, and more!
Mushrooms, honey and more… small spaces working hard for you.
Mushrooms and bees are among the many specialty crops that can be raised in small spaces.
At Spaces2Grow, you'll get detailed guides on everything from how to build honey-producing beehives to setting up mushroom beds, logs or ricks.
Feed Production Spaces
Reduce your livestock costs by growing the feed they need.
If you are raising micro-livestock or fish you may want to reduce your costs by creating spaces to grow feedstock (e.g., worms, insects, comfrey or duckweed). You might even close the nutrient cycle by feeding the feedstock your kitchen and garden waste.
At Spaces2Grow, you'll be guided through these efficient, economical and environmentally friendly practices.
Soil Nutrient Production Spaces
Get the dirt on creating healthy soil.
Enhance your soil by growing your own nutrients in composters, vermicomposters (worm farms) or comfrey patches (comfrey is a nutrient-rich herb). You can also create good-quality soil nutrients by raising micro-livestock like rabbits.
At Spaces2Grow, you'll get expert guidance on how to create good dirt in any space, from an apartment to a large urban home.
Processing and Storage Spaces
Enjoy your food year-round.
Enjoy your food year-round by learning how to can, dry, freeze, pickle or ferment your fruits and vegetables and butcher, freeze, salt, smoke, dry or tan your animals.
It's also easier to store all that good food than you may think. Pantries, refrigerators, freezers, cold rooms – you'll learn how to build some and organize others.
At Spaces2Grow, you'll find all you need to learn how to prepare your food for storage and how to store it.