The best food to grow for those with no room.
So you want to start growing, eh?
Maybe you don’t have a lot of space, or the number of mosquitos makes you hesitant to stay outside for too long. We know that building a beautifully crafted, in-ground garden isn’t possible for everyone, so we’ve collected some tips on how to grow thriving plants with minimum space.
Learning how to grow your own plants and food has been proven to help mental health and lessen the feelings of stress, anxiety and depression. Gardening is often used as a calming and therapeutic activity that offers us a sense of control while challenging incessant perfectionism.
If you’re worried about not knowing how to take care of your plants or you have questions surrounding fungi, bugs, or almost anything else, there are online communities of people who are eager to help and offer tips. These forums also provide a great way to connect with people of similar interests and a community that will celebrate your plant growing accomplishments with you!
Porch, Patio and Balcony Planting
Keep in mind some plants don’t do well when the temperature drops, so planters may need to be moved inside when a cold night is in the forecast or in other bad weather (such as strong winds). Try putting wheels or slings on the pots and containers for easier transportation!
Smallest (Up to 2 gallons): Most leafy greens can thrive in smaller containers with proper trimming and caretaking. These could include lettuce, spinach, kale, chard, chives, micro-greens, scallions, garlic greens and many herbs. These are often the plants that offer the highest chance of success!
Medium (Min. 5-8 gallons) cabbage, broccoli, brussel sprouts, okra, bush or determinate tomatoes, potatoes, hot peppers, bush peas.
Large (Min. 8-10 gallons) peppers, eggplants, dwarf blueberry bushes, cucumbers, summer squash/zucchini, large indeterminate tomatoes.
Largest (Min 10-15 gallons) melons, pumpkin, artichoke
Exceptions: Vegetables like carrots, onions, turnips, radish, beets can often benefit from being grown in the same vicinity as each other, so planter size can vary based on the number of seeds planted.
With certain vegetables, such as baby greens, carrots, onions, turnips, radish and beets, one planter can be home to many individual plants. The planter size can reflect the number of seeds planted. For more details on placement ideas, different containers you can use and harvesting tips, check out this article on patio growing.
Based on your available space, your windowsill garden may look a little different. Windowsill growing can be a fun starter project for those who don’t want to commit to a large garden, are just starting their planting journey, or miss their garden during the winter. These plants are hard to ignore when they’re in between you and your early morning routine of drawing back the curtains.
Many of the greens and veggies mentioned above can also be grown in a sun-dosed windowsill. Some plants that particularly thrive in these areas are radishes, microgreens, green onions, carrots, loose leaf lettuce, and many herbs.