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Edible Gardening In Small Spaces

Edible Gardening In Small Spaces

Edible Gardening In Small Spaces

Growing your own food is more than a trend—it’s a lifestyle. Even if you only have a small space, you can garden large. There is no excuse to forgo the experience of the fresh-flavor from a sun-ripened tomato, fresh from the garden, even if your garden is only from a container on the balcony. Welcome to Athlon Publications’ issue of Edible Gardens in Small Spaces where small-space meets big ideas. Herein, you’ll find ideas for gardening on your petit patio, a balcony, or out back on your sunny deck. No sun? We even have ideas to help you find that. With a tiny plot of land, we’ll show you how to garden in raised beds, even if all you have is a concrete pavement. Learn how to maximize the use of all available space, from gardening up and out, and with themes, like a salsa garden, tea garden, and how-to create a fresh lettuce bar for BLT’s or other yummy traditional sandwiches. Also included are recipes to help inspire you to serve your family and friends meals from the garden, where size doesn’t matter.

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1 minuti
grow your groceries!

The rewards of growing my own food goes beyond the bounty. It’s also about connecting with the soil, watching a seed sprout, and nurturing what will soon nurture me. And, of course, there are the bragging rights of serving friends and family food grown fresh from the garden. Let this be the year you finally try your hand at growing fresh food right out of your own back (or front!) door. Even for those with the limited space of a patio, porch, or balcony, we have tips that will help you create a harvestable crop. And we’ll show you ways to plan raised beds where soil doesn’t naturally exist, how to garden in all seasons, and also how to grow from seed. True beginner? Get your hands dirty with a pleasing herb…

2 minuti
harvest for beginners

SANTA BARBARA COUPLE Elizabeth and Jon Raith enjoy coming together with their kids at the end of the day to not just eat the family meal but to plan and prepare it as well. While not the reason for building the garden, this became an unplanned benefit. Once the crops began to produce, a new connection was formed. Each family member has a role in caring for the garden and a voice in selecting what to grow. Jon does most of the cooking, which of course involves a lot more than just putting food on the table. He also was integral in planning the garden’s design, working with local landscape architect Rob Maday. Rob took Jon’s layout and did a sketch that showed the potential beyond the plants. That was the…

4 minuti
salad-lovers garden

plant lettucesthat are as pretty as they are practical. Red oak leaf lettuce covers the perimeter of our lettuce bowl, with mâche, a chic salad green, in the center. For the most delicate flavors for both greens, pick at the baby-leaf stage. ultra-easyto grow, lettuce likes full sun and cooler weather. If growing in the summer, give your containers some afternoon shade. Plant multiple pots at staggered times—this way, you’ll always have fresh lettuce for easy picking. Our bowl includes the delicious Romaine, red and greenoak leaf, ‘Brune D’Hiver’, and butterhead lettuces. Water daily. just one potof a cherry tomato plant will provide all the bitesize fruits you’ll need in a season. High-yield, easy-grow varieties include ‘Golden Sweet’, ’Isis Candy’, ‘Sungold’, ‘Sunpeach’, ’Sugar Snack’, ’Sun Sugar’, ‘Wild Sweetie’ and ‘Super Sweet’. best lettuces…

2 minuti
balcony gardener

A NATURAL FIT When plants hang high, they are more exposed to wind and drying out. But most herbs hail from the Mediterranean, where it’s hot and dry, so it’s a breeze for them to thrive in a balcony garden. Lavender, rosemary, mints, and parsley are just a few herbs that will thrive high up. Watering Up High LETTUCE varieties grow in five general forms: bibb, stem, iceberg, romaine, or looseleaf. For balcony gardens, looseleaf is most adaptable. You can cut what you need since it’s the individual leaves you’re harvesting, not a whole head. LOOSELEAF LETTUCE is considered a cut-and-come-again variety providing for perpetual salad greens. They’ll grow in most any container with drainage—like these gutters, cut to fit the space. Tip: Make a low-pressure watering can by punching holes in the…

2 minuti
fresh for entertaining

GARDENING IS MORE than watching seeds develop. Once it grows, it’s only natural to want to share your gardening success with friends. Gardening expert and tastemaker P. Allen Smith does just that at his farm outside Little Rock, Arkansas. He may do it on a grander scale than most, but the size doesn’t matter. Entertaining from the heart, Smith manages to blur the lines between garden and home, growing fresh food for meals served at the farm to both his friends and family, as well as the guests who tour the property. Take a cue from a pro and share your own farm-ette-to-table bounty harvested from pots and petite patches. root veggies line up for easy picking, so be sure to include a participatory dish in your menu. Have one person pull…

1 minuti
woodland garden

veggies grow up and out from the area surrounding a standard box shed. Every inch of accessible space is used for growing, and rightly so: Land is too valuable to leave uncultivated. consider your shed as a blank slate, with your imagination as your only limitation. Painting accents like the trellis and window boxes in a favorite color will add interest all year long. No soil? No worries. Notice what this garden is growing on? That’s right, a slab. By adding raised beds, you can cultivate a veggie garden where there is no native soil. sketch a layout of your future garden on paper. Don’t worry if you can’t draw well—it’s only for placement. Can you see where to put the planters and trellis? What about squaring off the shed with raised beds?…