Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Gardening in Small Spaces

It's spring! Time to start digging in the dirt!
I'm fortunate to have a small yard attached to my townhouse, which is fantastic. I have just enough room for some small raised beds.

Roma Tomatoes, Zucchini, Broccoli, and Kale
Marigolds sprinkled throughout to discourage pests.

Earlygirl Tomatoes, Zucchini, Basil, Thyme, Cilantro, Lavender


In the pot on the right is the sage I planted last year


However, many who rent don't have much outside space. Some places come with balconies or patios and others have no outside space to speak of. To you I say, don't despair! 
Have a balcony or a large windowsill?  Try container gardening.

I currently have some broccoli and mint growing in some pots:

For small spaces, I highly recommend these two books:

Grow Great Grub: Organic Food from Small Spaces and  All New Square Foot Gardening

It doesn't always have to be about food. Don't forget about potted flowers! Even if you don't have a patio or balcony, you can still enjoy potted flowers on your windowsill. You can grow gorgeous flowers to enhance the look of your space.
"Total Madness" Petunias my son picked out.

Of course, you can also buy some ornamental food plants and do both at the same time. Try an upside down tomato planter (cherry tomatoes work best). You can make one yourself out of a plastic hanging pot. Just cut a small hole in the bottom for the tomato plant to grow through.  I haven't done it myself, as I have no where to hang anything, but I've heard the results can be quite nice and you can put some gorgeous purple and green basil in the top of the planter which will not only enhance the flavor of your tomatoes, but will add some beautiful color to your outdoor space (and can you say "petso?"  Yum!).

Don't have any outdoor space to speak of? My next post is all about houseplants, so stay tuned! 


  1. Those beds are awesome! Did you make them or purchase them? I'm thinking raised beds are the way to go here in our little postage stamp backyard as well. :D

  2. Thanks! I purchased them from The Christmas Tree Store. Raised beds rock! I can't believe how much I fit in there and there's probably a little room for more!