Live in an apartment? Or do you live in a house that doesn't have much of a patio? You can still grow tomatoes, vegetables, and aromatic herbs in any small space, such as a balcony, small patio, or even your rooftop! If you can find just a few square feet of space that gets some sunlight, you can grow your own fresh food.
If you can't spread out... stack up!
This "Stack-a-Pot" option is perfect for the front porch, small patios, or little corners of the house that could use some natural color. Imagine walking over to your very own herb garden to clip some fresh oregano or basil for your special sauce. And when not in use, the pots stack into each other for easy storage.
BUY: Akro-Mils Stack-A-Pot
Earth Box Garden Kits
Although we now live on half an acre, I've come up against a few gardening challenges. Mainly, gophers. I've tried every natural remedy to get those little guys to go away, but they like it here. So I decided to use container gardens to grow my veggies in. There are plenty of options, but the one I've decided on is another great Small Gardening solution: The Earth Box.
Unlike other raised bed gardens and planters, the EarthBox is self-watering, easily moveable and portable, and can be used to grow indoors, as well. So even in areas of the country that aren't as mild year round as San Diego, you can still grow your own leafy greens and root vegetables through the fall and winter months. Earth Boxes also make it easy to garden in urban settings because they're portable and compact and allow you to grow healthy, fresh, organic food where it never grew before.
Another reason I decided on the Earth Box is because it's low-maintenance. (Can I get an AMEN?) The growing system controls soil conditions, and is supposed to at least double the yield of a conventional garden with less fertilizer and less water. With more land comes a higher water bill, if we're not careful. Being able to grow my own veggies while using less water in a concentrated area was a big plus for me.
AND BONUS!!! The gophers can't dig in. :)
Buy the Earth Box Gardening System.
Vertical Gardening with Pallets
I got this great idea from the author of Small Space Container Gardens. It's a really cool way to reuse the trendy pallet (if you can find one before another DIY'er snatches it up), and also a great solution for tiny spaces like an apartment balcony. Veggies, herbs, and flowers are so much nicer to look at than stucco or brick, don't you think? She has so many other great ideas for patio planting. If you're an apartment dweller that is in need of some foliage in your life, you've really got to check her book out.
BUY: Small-Space Container Gardens: Transform Your Balcony, Porch, or Patio with Fruits, Flowers, Foliage, and Herbs
And for more bang for your buck... or rather, to maximize your small garden's nutritional potential, you'll want to grab a copy of this book:
BUY: The Intelligent Gardener: Growing Nutrient Dense Food