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Grow Vegetables in Small Spaces

Updated on June 6, 2010

Not everyone has a large yard in which they can grow a garden.  Growing our own food has certainly fallen by the wayside since we can now get any food we want at the grocery store down the street.  Between these two issues, gardening has not been popular the past couple of decades.  I am seeing a resurgence though, as more and more people want to trim their food bill and eat better tasting food.  Growing your own vegetables will provide you with the best tasting produce you have ever had.  But because of the small lot sizes in most yards how can you grow your own food in small spaces?

It isn't just small yards, but also people who live in apartments and condos or for those people who rent and can't tear up the yard.  The majority of people don't have a lot of space to grow their own food.  But I still think they can grow some.  You might have to get creative, but it will be worth it. 

Container gardening is an option for anyone to grow their own food.  In fact even though I have a large garden, I also grow some food in containers.  Herbs and salad fixings really lend themselves to containers.  You can grow several herbs in one pot, even bringing the pot indoors in the winter and letting it continue to grow in a sunny window.  I like container gardening because I have a mostly shaded yard.  I can move my pots around with the sun easily and grow more food this way.  At a gardening center a couple of weeks ago I saw a medium size pot with a basil plant, a miniature cherry tomato plant, and lettuce plants all in the one pot.  You can grow your own salad in one pot.  Yum!

Square foot gardening is another way to grow your own food in a small space.  Your typical box is four feet by four feet but you can make one any size you wish to fit any space you wish.  I have known people to set these boxes on their patios to have the garden very close to the house and accessible.  These boxes can even be moved from year to year if you need to do that. 

Have you ever seen the upside down tomato planters? These planters allow you to grow tomatoes in a hanging basket, making it perfect for porches.  There are also upside down planters for strawberries.  I tried out the Topsy Turvy tomato planters last year and was surprised at how well they did.  I thought the plant would get too heavy for the planter, but it held up great and produced tomatoes just like my in ground tomato plants.  I see no reason why you couldn't use these planters for cucumbers, herbs, green beans, etc.  They really do open up a world of gardening possibilities for the person who has no yard.

Don't let the lack of yard space stop you from growing your own food.  There are plenty of options for growing veggies in small spaces.  Then you too can enjoy delicious locally grown food.


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    • Granny's House profile image

      Granny's House 7 years ago from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time

      Fried green tomatoes are the bomb. Have you tried them?

    • Jennifer profile image

      Jennifer 7 years ago

      Rtalloni - I would barter for fresh organic green beans too!

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      ASFA123 7 years ago

      I also tried to grow vegatables in less area, your hub is nice.

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      Granny's House 7 years ago from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time

      Great hub. I grow my own every year. I have a large garden.

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      GojiJuiceGoodness 7 years ago from Roanoke, Virginia

      Great ideas! We've always had plenty of space to grow a garden, but my sister-in-law & brother don't. Thanks for writing this hub!

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      RTalloni 7 years ago from the short journey

      Good stuff, as usual!

      Neat story--I had a small something on Craig's List and someone has offered to barter fresh organic green beans as part of the payment. How cool is that? :) (Yes, I am taking them up on the offer!)

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      JenDobson27 7 years ago

      Great info full of practical ways anyone in any situation can grow their own vegetables!

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      billyaustindillon 7 years ago

      Great information - great ways to utilize space and stay healthy.

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you for a really good advice.

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      fucsia 7 years ago

      nice hub! I started to growing some vegetables in container ( basil, parsley, salad, arugula), but I want to try to make many other things!

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      It's just me 7 years ago from Alaska

      I just bought a topsy turvy tomato planter and strawberry planter this year too I got the tomato one started and it's growing like mad. I wish I'd tried it earlier.

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      DowntroddenInDC 7 years ago from Houston, TX

      I've an avid "urban" gardener (in the legal sense). I used window boxes on all of our ledges (we had 6 windows) and we got fairly decent tomatoes, mint, herbs, peppers and the like. The one thing I advise is to water frequently but not large amounts. Rather lots of small waterings, as the soil dries out quickly and there is nowhere for it to really stay.

      Either way, it can definitely be done if you get creative!

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      Seakay 7 years ago from Florida

      Great information and well timed! Thanks for the tips. I wonder if I could grow Jersey tomatoes in Florida! LOL

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      kims3003 7 years ago

      very well done article with lots of helpful information - nice writing by the way

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      EnLydia Listener 7 years ago

      Jennifer you article was just the encouragement I needed....I rated it up.

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      OnlineHub 7 years ago from Fresno, CA, USA

      Excellent information on how to Grow Vegetables in Small Spaces. I like reading your article and thanks for sharing it. 5* plus recommendation!

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      jenp123 7 years ago

      Nice article - thanks! I'm moving to a place that has a backyard and want to start gardening, but it is small. This article helps give me some ideas.