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Sustainable Saturdays: Yes, You Can: Gardening In Small Spaces

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Sustainable agriculture is all about eating locally, supporting small businesses and family farms, and using in-season produce. Cultivating a garden in your own home is a way to achieve all of this.

Not everyone, however, has a big backyard filled with fertile soil and sunlight. What about those of us who live in apartments, homes with limited yard space, or areas with poor soil? Are we excluded from the wonderful realm of home gardening? Of course not!

There are many options for the “turf-challenged.”

Potted Plants

This option works best if you have a small balcony or porch, but no yard. As long as a healthy amount of sunlight hits the area and you water the plants regularly, there are several kinds of fruits and vegetables that will thrive in outdoor pots. If weather conditions become too harsh, these plants will do well even if you bring them inside and place them in a sunny spot.

Best bets for potted plants: Leaf Lettuce, Strawberries, Blueberries, Tomatoes

Window boxes

You may now be thinking, “Okay that all sounds great, but I don’t even have a balcony!” Don’t worry, there is an option for you: window planters! These are small, but as long as you choose the right varieties of fruits and vegetables, they can be just the right fit. Choose a window that gets plenty of sun, and preferably located in a spot where you’ll see it often and remember to water it.

Best bets for window boxes: Cherry Tomatoes, Herbs, Small Carrots, Berries

Plots in a community garden

Now, what can you do if your windows don’t open, or you don’t get any sunlight on your windows, or you want to grow larger fruits and vegetables? There is still hope for you yet. Check to see if there are community gardens in your city. These gardens are plots of lands shared by several people. They may have common areas as well as individually owned plots. Even if you live in a big city, there is a good chance that community gardens exist in unconventional urban spaces, such as abandoned lots or rooftops.

Best bets for community gardens: Potatoes, Carrots, Squash, Eggplant, Broccoli

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