Gardening in Small Spaces

If you have a fence and no yard space, these hanging pots are the answer! I bought mine from the Lillian Vernon catalogue, but I imagine places like eBay and Amazon have them too. I wish I had taken the picture after they were all planted, but you get the idea.


These pots were all yellow when I got them and I spray painted them. They all have drain holes, but I choose to just put pots into them.

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Have you seen the pouches at the gardening centers that have small opening in them and appear to be made from heavy plastic? You plant flowers in the openings and when it gets filled out you have a virtual waterfall of plants.

green plastic hanging planter

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I grew up on a small farm where we raised practically everything we ate. I've always liked to have some fresh produce growing somewhere. We have downsized to our retirement home and try as I might, I haven't been able to find a suitable place to plant very much of a "Victory Garden."

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Short on space? Want to grow herbs or salad foods? Then grow food upwards! Yep, this season I have done this using recycled materials and here's how. I used parts of a pallet (wooden slated base which building products are delivered on in the UK) to make a rectangular frame, secured in the corners with screws to provide some strength.

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If you are looking for high-producing crops to use in a small yard, here are some suggestions . . .

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January 5, 2001

When I put my plants in the ground I lay them on their sides and put the dirt all the way up and over the roots and bottom leaves. Pat the dirt down good. It grows more roots and builds up the plant.

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I created a garden out of a parking lot using coffee grounds from Starbucks and coffee chaff from Coffee Bean International. This is my window view as I work from home.

Parking Lot Garden (St Johns, OR)

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This is our front door moveable garden, in my garden.

Moveable Garden by Front Door

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September 6, 2017

To maximize yield in your garden, using your space efficiently is the best way to accomplish this. Gardening in small spaces doesn't have to mean small yields too.

plant rows

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September 5, 2017

Living in the city can impact how much gardening you can do. Here are 10 tips for urban gardening.

Urban gardening

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May 17, 2017

A small garden space does not mean you can't have a nice yield if you employ a few techniques to intensify your gardening. This is a page about six ways to get big yields from a small garden.

Veggies from small garden.

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January 18, 2018

Apartments, townhouses, and homes with small back yards often don't provide a lot of space for gardening. If you can't go horizontal, think vertical. This page contains vertical gardening advice.

Pallet Wood Vertical Gardening

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November 7, 2017

This is a page about starting a school gardening project. Planting a school garden is a great hands on way to teach children about growing and caring for plants. Here are some tips and plant suggestions.

Child and Teacher in School Garden

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April 1, 2017

Rather than go to the expense of removing an old concrete slab, it is possible to plant a raised bed or container garden on top. This is a page about planting a garden on top of concrete.

Rock floor garden, plants in concrete planters

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