By Diane Morey Sitton
Fresh StartFresh Start
Small on space doesn't have to mean sparse on fresh, tasty vegetables and herbs. With some inventive gardening, even a skimpy site can yield an abundant harvest. Start by planting herbs and vegetables in containers. Grow salad greens in window boxes. Or, save soil space by growing sprawling varieties on teepees and trellises. Finding space for your favorite veggies is easy. Click through for a few helpful suggestions
Backyard Bounty Backyard Bounty
Compost-enriched soil in sunny, raised beds sustains a garden-fest of vegetables. Here, 'Precoville Petit Pois' pea's diminutive vines hobnob with 'Rouge d'Étampes Cinderella' pumpkin's sprawling heirloom stems and 'Diablo' Brussels sprout's 2-foot-tall, sprout-filled stalks. 'Bintje' Dutch potato buries its golden spuds in the garden's rich loam. Quick-growing 'De Milan Rouge' turnip and 'Green Zebra' tomatoes number among the garden's other selections.
Salad Bowl Salad Bowl
Willow fencing frames a salad mix consisting of red-blushed 'Indigo' radicchio, petite 'Très Fine Maraîchère Frisée' endive, 'Cardinale' loose-leaf lettuce and 'Merveille des Quatre Saisons,' an easy-to-grow butterhead lettuce variety. 'Precoville Petit Pois' pea's delicate vines spill from the raised bed. In small sites, plant lettuce, parsley, radish or other frilly, low-growing salad fixings in a pot or alongside a sidewalk.
Recipe ReadyRecipe Ready
'Ronde de Nice,' a French heirloom zucchini squash, yields round fruits on bush-type plants. Harvest the bright green balls as babies or pick them for slicing or stuffing at their 4-inch-diameter maturity. The large yellow blooms attract bees and butterflies. Conserve space in small gardens by selecting bush-type squash instead of trailing varieties.
Movable Feast Movable Feast
Growing veggies and herbs in containers multiplies garden space. Arrange the pots along a wall, cluster them on a terrace or display them on sunny steps. This container garden boasts tomato, banana pepper, thyme, sage, basil, rosemary, nasturtium and Johnny-jump-up. Select containers with good drainage.
Herbal WelcomeHerbal Welcome
Have flavor-filled herbs at your fingertips by planting them near the door. Here, mint, rosemary and marjoram thrive in a narrow space between a house and walkway. Johnny-jump-up's and nasturtium's colorful blooms are showy and edible.
Space Saver Space Saver
Gain garden space with window boxes. Plant directly in a soil-filled box or use the receptacle to showcase herb-filled containers. Here, purple sage (Salvia officinalis 'Purpurascens') flanks golden sage (S.o. 'Aurea'). Other savory container herbs include thyme, oregano and mint.
Side Yard Sensation Side Yard Sensation
Containers, latticework and raised beds support vegetables, herbs, strawberries, fruit trees and flowers to transform this narrow passageway into a beautiful and bountiful garden.
All photos by Diane Morey Sitton.
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By Diane Morey Sitton