New Gardener has Hope for Small Space

One of those all-encompassing questions came in to Ask Gardenerd last week:

“I have an apartment and no land of my own but was interested in how I can make a garden for myself. Thanks”

I have oh-so-many suggestions.  Here’s a good place to start – a search of container gardening entries on the Gardenerd Blog:

Container Gardening info

This spring is a good time to start planting in containers.  Here are a few good veggies/herbs to try out in pots:

Herbs – basil, parsley, cilantro, oregano, thyme, chives

Veggies – lettuces (partial shade is perfect for these guys during the hot months), beans, tomatoes, peppers, and chard.

You can try root crops like carrots, parsnips, beets and turnips if you have deep enough containers. By deep enough, I mean at least 12 inches, and probably more like 15 – 20 inches.  The key is to start small and build as your confidence builds as a gardener.

Be sure to check out Crops in Pots a great book by Bob Purnell.  You’ll find a little more about that in the Blog entry: Easy Plants for Pots, within that Container Gardening info search link.

Good luck and let us know how your spring planting goes.

This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Christy Wilhelmi

    YES!  A great suggestion.  I have used the Square Foot Gardening method since the very beginning of my gardening days.  It allows you to grow a whole lot of food in a little tiny bit of space.  The spacing works well in containers, even round ones!

  2. Rob

    She could also try Mel Bartholemews Square Foot Gardening at he always has great ideas.

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