Tiny Gardens Can Grow Anywherecomments (0) June 3rd, 2011
I’m always surprised when people tell me they wish they could plant a vegetable garden, but they just don’t have the space.
Even if they don’t have the room to plant a square-foot vegetable garden, there’s usually a nook or cranny for a square-inch garden. If there’s a spot that gets at least 6 hours of sun a day, there’s a place to grow many kinds of herbs and vegetables.
Here are a few tips for getting started in small spaces:
- Select a 2-5 gallon container with at least a 12-inch opening for larger plants, like tomatoes or peppers; plant shallow-rooted plants, like greens, in shallow containers.
- Be sure to match the container size to the size of the mature plant. Look for container-size plants like “Little Finger” carrots, “Spacemaster” bush cucumbers, and “Tiny Tim” tomatoes.
- Make sure there are drainage holes and a saucer to catch water; set container on bricks or blocks to aid drainage.
- Plant in good potting soil and leave 2 inches between top of soil and top of container for a layer of organic mulch.
- Use a slow-release fertilizer at planting time and keep plants moist; don’t let them dry out.
- Add diluted fertilizer every few weeks.
- Group containers close together to slow evaporation.
- Plant in succession every 2 weeks through summer to ensure a continuous crop.
- Start in early spring with spinach, lettuce, chard, peas, and carrots; replant in late summer or early fall with cool-season vegetables.
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