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5 Tips for Growing Edible Plants in Small Spaces

You could harvest your next meal from your expansive vegetable garden, but what if you’re someone who gardens solely on a balcony or don’t have room for a dedicated veggie patch? Good news! You can grow plenty of herbs, small fruits and vegetables in containers, and you might find a few edible flowers growing in your landscape, too. Here are five tips to get you started.

You could harvest your next meal from your expansive vegetable garden, but what if you’re someone who gardens solely on a balcony or don’t have room for a dedicated veggie patch? Good news! You can grow plenty of herbs, small fruits and vegetables in containers, and you might find a few edible flowers growing in your landscape, too. Here are five tips to get you started.

 

 This would look great as a long horizonal pic up top. Might need to crop.

Tip #1: Maximize your patio space

Use the square footage you have by turning it into a multi-use space for ornamental plants and those with edible flowers, fruit or foliage. We took Gardener’s Supply Company’s eight-foot-long, reclaimed wood outdoor planter bar and filled it with aromatic herbs and strawberries that can be conveniently plucked for craft cocktails when entertaining. Ornamental begonias, lantana and moss roses add a punch of color to the space in the surrounding containers.

 

 

Tip #2: Choose smaller varieties to grow in containers

Dwarf varieties of fruits and vegetables that are just the right size for growing in containers are now widely available. Be selective when you buy and choose those that only grow a foot or two tall but still produce a decent yield like Goodhearted cocktail tomatoes and Fire Away Hot and Heavy snack peppers.

 

One major advantage to growing edible plants in containers is they are easy to rearrange if necessary to catch the best light. If your peppers don’t seem to be ripening, pick up and move the pot to a sunnier location. That wouldn’t be so easy to do if they were planted in the ground.

 

 

(Picture link: https://www.provenwinners.com/plants/fragaria/berried-treasure-pink-strawberry-fragaria-ananassa)

Tip #3: Grow and feed ornamentals and food crops in separate containers

Who needs Whole Foods when you can grow your own organic strawberries? When you grow your own food, you know it is safe and healthy. Do your best to grow what you eat organically, feeding them with organic nutrients like compost, compost tea, fish emulsion and certified organic fertilizers. This is different than what you feed your petunias to encourage more flowers. By keeping your ornamental and edible plants in separate containers, it’s easy to feed each the type of plant food they prefer.

 

 

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