Thursday, June 17, 2010

Growing Veggies and Herbs in Small Spaces

Think you can't have a garden because you live in a small space with no yard? Think again. Creativity is the key here. All you need is a pot, some good dirt, seeds/plants, sun and water. I live in a townhouse and my "back yard" is about 9 feet by 20 feet. It's pretty wet out back, so we grow herbs and veggies in pots on our front porch, which faces west and gets great full afternoon sun.

My approach is pretty simple: buy plants or seeds, put in pot, remember to water. Starting your garden doesn't need to be very expensive either. If you don't have pots, ask your local nursery if they have any left over ones from trees or shrubs that have been sold. They are black and not  the most beautiful, but functional. If you have a few smaller decorative pots, put them in front and nobody will ever know.

Don't be afraid to experiment either. This year we are growing two pepper plants, one hot and one sweet; two different kinds of cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, lettuce, tons of basil, mint, rosemary, sage, thyme, oregano, lemon balm and the beginnings of a lime bush and orange bush. All in a  4 foot by 4 foot space.

Tips: Water in the morning or evening when it is cooler out. The plants will have more time to absorb the water.

Don't worry if something doesn't work out, just try another variety. I bought green bean seeds, and In don't know where they went, but they are not in the pot I put them in. 

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