Veggies in Small Spaces

If you are like many urban gardeners you are short on space. We all try to grow as much as possible with a small amount of space. Be it a fire escape, a window box or a patio you can do a lot with a little! So with space at a premium wouldn’t you love to make a vegetable garden in a single pot?

You can grow an entire vegetable garden in a single pot if you take some time to plan. I would say the biggest risk with this idea is overcrowding your pot and stifling your plants.

Step 1: Get a really big pot. Something about 2×3 feet like a watering trough would be great or if you are handy you could build one yourself.

Step 2: Make sure your planter has holes in the bottom! It is also helpful to prop your planter up on bricks to allow for circulation and drainage.

Step 3: Choose your veggies! Try and pick veggies that do well in the same amount of sun so that they thrive together. Although the possibilities are endless, here is a mini list with the basics. Shade lovers include radishes, beets and lettuce, broccoli, peas, chives, and parsley. Sun lovers include tomatoes, cucumbers, eggplants, squash and peppers. Get creative and pick something you would enjoy eating in your favorite dish.

Step 4: Location, location, location. Now that you know which plants you want find a place that suits them. If you picked sun loving plants you should find a spot with about 7 hours of sun per day. For the shadier plants just 3 or 4 hours a day is plenty.

Step 5: PLANT!

Now let’s take a moment to admire these one pot veggies patches. This is something to strive for!

Watering trough veggie patch (courtesy of Sunset)

This planter is available from Burgon and Ball

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About Alex Holt

I am a local artist from Brooklyn, NY. I love art, design, books, photography, gardening and blogging.
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