Posted on 01 July 2008 by

How To Get The Most From Your Urban Garden

By Cindy Naas

A small garden can be challenging in terms of the mount of veggies you can reasonably expect to produce.

However, with just a few good choices you can provide your family and even friends with some good fresh produce weekly.

Here is a list of veggies which will give you the most for the smallest amount of space.

1. Cucumbers – that’s right, I listed a vigourous vine as my first choice. My cucumber plants never take up more space on the ground than the size of the plant, because I grow mine up a trellis. By allowing the vines to climb and then tying the vines in places, the cucumbers can be supported and will do really well.

2. Lettuce – you can grow lettuce all summer long by choosing the varieties carefully. Early season lettuce will do well until around June, and then it’s time to plant lettuce hybrids which can thrive in the summer heat, when most lettuces bolt. Lettuce does very well in pots and planters as long as you keep it well watered. To make sure you have a big harvest, plant new lettuce plants in small pots. After one lettuce is finished, pop in a new lettuce from your smaller pots and you’ll have a nearly unlimited supply during the summer.

3. Herbs – herbs can be tucked into the tiniest corner in a flower garden, they grow wonderfully in strawberry pots, and they thrive in planters. Adding a few snippets of fresh herbs to your summer cooking will give it a wonderful fresh taste. Herbs can produce enough to give away to friends and family as well, and so they are an excellent choice for those gardening in limited space.

4. Swiss Chard – planting Bright Lights as an ornamental will add color to your garden and will provide a lengthy season of chard. You can make soup with it, saute it in olive oil with a little garlic, or cook Italian sausage and serve it on a bed of lightly steamed chard. By cutting the leaves frequently you can encourage the chard to keep producing longer.

5. Tomatoes – of course I had to include tomatoes. In addition to growing them in pots, you can grow them in hanging baskets or even upside down in a bucket. Tomatoes which are kept watered will produce lots of fruit. I grow five large planters of tomatoes and generally have enough to give away by the time the season is winding down. If you can stake the tomatoes in the pot, you will use even less room. [For more information about tomatoes visit our sister site Tomato Casual].

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