Utilizing Your Space

Once you've made your decision about what to grow, keep an eye out for key words like bush, compact, space saver, and dwarf to limit the size of the plants you bring home. Think about choosing varieties that can be grown upwards on support rods or poles to save space or if you are extremely limited on ground space, you might want to invest in a container garden. You can grow vegetables in flower pots, pails, buckets, wooden boxes, window planters, washtubs, large food cans or almost anything that can have holes punched through the base for drainage of excess water. Many of your favorite salad ingredients grow very well in containers of all shapes and sizes and different varieties can even be grown together in the same pot, so you shouldn't feel limited in choosing what to grow. Cucumbers, eggplant, green beans, green onions, leaf lettuce, peppers, radishes, tomatoes, carrots and squash are just a few of the tasty veggies that flourish in containers. You can even bring your garden inside by planting small things like herbs in containers on your windowsill. This gives you the option to keep growing fresh plants even in wintertime.