How to Grow the Perfect Garden in a Small Space

How to Grow the Perfect Garden in a Small Space

Posted by Janice Stillman on 24th Mar 2020

No yard? No problem. Find out how you can grow the perfect container garden with your membership in The Old Farmer’s Almanac Gardening Club.

Dear Garden Enthusiast,

The English poet Alfred Austin once said, “To nurture a garden is to feed not just the body, but the soul.” Seems reasonable, right? Fresh air, sunshine, the sounds of nature, and the feel of soil … and then there’s the sound of car horns, your neighbor’s radio (at least he has good taste in music), and the feel of your concrete patio. City life may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of a garden, but you don’t need an idyllic pasture to grow fresh vegetables.

In fact, patio gardens and small garden spaces are popular across the country, from the balconies of New York City to the sunlit kitchen windows of San Diego. All you need is a container, sunshine, soil, and seeds to grow a garden that will fit into even the tiniest of spaces.

Want broccoli? ‘Aspabroc Baby’ broccoli (the original broccolini) produces small, tender broccoli heads atop thin, tender stems. You can fit four plants in a 24-inch-long window box. ‘Pomegranate Crunch’ lettuce is also a perfect container vegetable. This colorful lettuce produces small, dense heads with cherry leaves and light green hearts.

You can even grow cheese in containers. Well, you can grow ‘Hungarian Cheese’ peppers, anyway. These 28-inch-tall plants produce quickly, and the flat, fluted sweet peppers are great for stuffing or eating just like they are. For extra vigor and numerous blooms that set fruit, give them a magnesium boost by scratching ¼ cup of Epsom salts around each plant once it’s established.

Did you know that you can also grow peas, blueberries, and celery in a container garden? You can! Find out more about gardening in small spaces throughout The Old Farmer’s Almanac and in our digital magazine, The Old Farmer’s Almanac EXTRA!, all as part of your membership in The Old Farmer’s Almanac Gardening Club.

Howto Make a Fresh, Tasty, Nutritious Salad

Step 1. Plant an indoor salad garden. The best part? You don’t even need seeds to get this garden started. Head to your local grocery store and grab some celery, Romaine lettuce, small onions, your favorite herbs (with stems), and maybe a few beets.

For celery and Romaine lettuce, cut off the bottom 2 inches and “plant” it, root side down, in a saucer of water or an inch or two of moist potting soil. Leaves, then tender stalks will slowly emerge from the center. When the stump is well rooted, transplant it into a larger container (with good drainage) and you’ll harvest tender greens for months.

For basil, sage, mint, thyme, oregano, or rosemary, remove the lower leaves from the stems of fresh herbs. Set the stems in water, and once they develop a good set of roots, you can plant them in potting soil beside a sunny window.

Step 2. Harvest and eat your delicious plants!

To find out how to plant the beets, onions, and even sweet potatoes, along with all the details for an indoor salad garden, join The Old Farmer’s Almanac Gardening Club. You’ll learn everything you need to know to have fresh, tasty salads for months on end.

The Mistake Too Many Gardeners Make

There is one mistake that almost every gardener has made. Whether you have a backyard garden or a few potted patio vegetables, your garden needs space. When plants are too crowded, it’s difficult for them to mature to full size. An extra cherry tomato plant here or another pepper there might not seem like much, but those plants will have to compete harder for sunlight and nutrients.

Leave some space. Good air circulation helps ward off mildew and blight. For small outdoor gardens, plan walkways and spread wood chips or other mulch on the paths.

How much space do your plants need? Is there an easy way to deal with weeds? Find out all this and more, with your subscription to The Old Farmer’s Almanac Gardening Club.

Get more gardening tips and much more useful information, wit, and wisdom, with your membership in The Old Farmer’s Almanac Gardening Club!

With your membership in The Old Farmer’s Almanac Gardening Club, you get everything you need to plant the perfect garden, no matter how small your space, including the classic edition of The Old Farmer’s Almanac, The Old Farmer’s Almanac Gardening Guide, our Gardening Wall Calendar, and The Old Farmer’s Almanac EXTRA!, our monthly digital magazine that includes articles on gardening, weather, food, and other content not found in the print edition. It’s a great way to keep up-to-date on Almanacky topics throughout the year.

With your membership in The Old Farmer’s Almanac Gardening Club, you’ll learn more about:

  • Which vegetables are ideal for beginning gardeners
  • When to move your seedlings outside
  • How to plan and plant the perfect fruit or vegetable garden
  • How much (or how little) water your vegetables need
  • Container gardening and how it can work no matter how little space you have
  • Planting by the Moon’s phase, including both the planting dates and the Moon Favorable dates for more than 50 common vegetables

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As you count the days until you can get out and garden again, enjoy the rich illustrations in our Old Farmer’s Almanac Gardening Calendar. This compact calendar is the perfect size to fit on the wall in your kitchen, den, or potting shed. Each month features rich, full-color illustrations along with tips, history, or background information on the artwork.

Here are just a few of the tips you can find in our 2020 Gardening Calendar:

  • Start an indoor herb garden (no waiting for the last frost!).
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  • Pick the perfect time to plant peas—based on fact and folklore.
  • Build your own bog—in a garden container!
  • Find out why ladybugs are such great garden friends.
  • Grow your own flower garden designed to create custom fabric dyes.
  • Praying mantises: helpers or hindrances in the garden?
  • As you do your garden planning, save some space for flying saucer squash.

You’ll love the advice, folklore, and gardening secrets in our 2020 Gardening Wall Calendar!

As you count the days until you can expect the last frost, peruse the pages of The Old Farmer’s Almanac Garden Guide for tips on how to grow better, naturally!

From the practical to the ornamental, plan your prolific garden with some of these tips:

  • Plant edibles indoors and out, no matter how small your space is.
  • Create a fun foodscape (or: How to get beyond the basic lawn).
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Sincerely,

Janice Stillman

Editor, The Old Farmer’s Almanac

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