growing small…
creative ideas for gardens in tiny spaces

vertical garden

Start talking garden and most of us picture lush expanses of greenery, or maybe row upon row of planted vegetables. But what if you don’t have a big yard? Or your only outdoor space is a tiny balcony? Or there’s that awkward piece of dirt next to the driveway or garage. Whatever the reason, square footage doesn’t a garden make. Really, a garden is what you make it, and you can make it almost anywhere there’s enough sunlight to grow things. All you need is a little dirt, some organic seeds or plants, a way to water and a lot of creativity. The Urban Organic Gardener has an entire blog on managing a thriving vegetable garden – on a NYC fire escape! Continue reading

the anywhere garden…
planting in containers

Container Garden

In yesterday’s post, we looked at rooftop agriculture, but what can you do if your roof is just not an option? This is where container gardening comes in. Planting in containers offers flexibility, ultimate control over soil composition and allows you to easily grow a variety of plants with different soil and watering needs, all in a small space. It’s a handy answer for those with small spaces, a tiny window box can support a healthy kitchen herb garden and with just a little bit of space, you could add peppers, tomatoes and other small plants to the mix. For those with yards, container gardening can be a terrific option for seasonal produce, or plants that need to come indoors during harsh winters. Continue reading