It seems like everyone I know is growing something this year. If you’ve thought about gardening but don’t have a lot of space or time, here are a few simple ideas to get you going…..
A gardener that I know removed bushes this past fall, but was unsure what she wanted to do with the space. Rather than make a hasty decision she’d have to live with for the long-term, she decided to plant several varieties of tomatoes, sweet & hot peppers, and basil for this growing season (see photo above). The space is on the edge of her patio which makes it convenient to water and tend. At the end of the summer, she can harvest her produce, amend the soil, and plant a shrub or perennial garden for next season.
Herbs and containers are a great combination for simple, small space gardens. A container 24 – 32 inches in diameter provides enough space for 4-6 herb plants. If your container will be in full sun, you might want to plant several varieties of thyme and basil, or you might try a planter with a combination of regular oregano, Mexican oregano, chives, garlic chives, and lemon verbena. Another interesting container idea is Malabar spinach. Unlike most spinach which bolts in the heat, Malabar spinach flourishes. Give it something to climb up, and you’ll be rewarded with a bounty of spinach leaves and a flourish of pretty pink blossoms.
If you’re a traditionalist at heart, but have no space in your own yard, it may not be too late to garner a small spot in your local community garden. This narrow community plot (only 4′ wide) provides its owner with enough space for tomatoes, onions, beans, carrots, and more! It’s small, but do-able!
There is still a lot of growing time left in the season. Go ahead and get you hands dirty. Small and simple will yield big rewards by seasons end.Share With Others....