a Bigger Garden in a Smaller Space
By Melinda Myers
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[March 22, 2017]
in the ground or on a balcony or deck, there’s always room to grow
your own garden-fresh produce and beautiful flowers. Space saving
gardening techniques and products can help you increase productivity
in any available space.
Consider elevated gardens and planter carts that not only save
space, but make gardens more accessible. Movable carts like the
Demeter Mobile Planter Cart allow you to grow flowers and produce in
narrow spaces, store garden accessories and move the garden into the
sunlight or out of the way of guests as needed.
Save more space by going vertical. Look for containers and raised
garden beds with built-in trellises and plant supports. Just plant
your pole beans, peas, cucumbers or tomatoes and attach them to the
supports as they grow. Support the large fruit of squash and melons
with cloth or macramé slings. Just cradle the fruit in the sling and
secure it to the trellis. You’ll not only save space, but reduce
disease problems and make harvesting a breeze.
Double your planting space by growing shade tolerant greens under
cucumbers, growing on a cucumber or A-frame trellis. Set the trellis
in place and plant the greens in early spring as soon as the soil is
workable. Plant your cucumbers next to the trellis as soon as the
soil warms. As your cucumbers grow they shade the greens below
keeping them a bit cooler and extending the harvest season. Just
make sure you can reach the greens beneath the supports for
planting, weeding and harvesting.
Extend the growing season with a Year Round Kitchen Garden. Grow
greens and herbs under lights attached to a raised bed on wheels.
When the outdoor planting season arrives, remove the lights and roll
your garden onto the patio or deck. Continue planting and harvesting
outdoors until it is time to roll it back inside to start your
Or top your raised bed and containers with frost protective
coverings. Many have built-in frames to support greenhouse covers,
allowing you to plant earlier and harvest later in the season. And
once the weather warms switch out the cover for an insect-protective
fabric or mesh. These fabric coverings prevent insects like cabbage
worms from damaging cabbage, broccoli and Brussels sprouts and keep
root maggots off radishes.
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Select planters that complement your landscape design and gardening
style. Wood, metal and colorful raised beds and containers add
beauty, durability and growing space. Galvanized planters, cedar
raised beds, and those in eye-catching colors found at Gardener’s
Supply make your raised bed a beautiful focal point in the garden.
Or fill your planters with tall grasses, cannas, elephant ears and
other plants to create an attractive screen.
Look for multi-purpose furnishings and accessories to maximize your
space and enjoyment. Fire pits that become a table or bench can
double as a cooler, making relaxing and entertaining in small
gardens a real possibility. Or how about planters with built-in
hidden storage like the Green Box Elevated Planter Box. You’ll enjoy
the convenience of having your garden tools handy, yet out of sight.
Use these space saving ideas to help increase the beauty,
productivity and enjoyment your garden can provide. With the right
combination of growing techniques and garden accessories you, your
family and guests will create beautiful memories throughout the
[Melinda Myers, with photo by
Gardener's Supply Co.]
Melinda Myers is the
author of more than 20 gardening books, including Small Space
Gardening. She hosts The Great Courses “How to Grow Anything: Food
Gardening For Everyone” DVD set and the nationally syndicated
Melinda’s Garden Moment TV & radio program. Myers is a columnist and
contributing editor for Birds & Blooms magazine and was commissioned
by Gardener’s Supply for her expertise to write this article. Myers’
web site is