Anyone living in an apartment, townhome, or shared space knows that space is tight -- both inside and outside. Many people living without a yard or space for a garden are still finding ways to grow their own fresh fruits and veggies and have been very creative.
Growing fruits and veggies in limited spaces means figuring out how to utilize every inch of space and prioritize plants that do not require a lot of room, both horizontally and vertically. There are more fruits and veggies to grow than you might think.
Fruits to Grow in Small Spaces
Having fresh fruit on hand is such a treat, especially when it's homegrown. More fruit can be grown in small spaces than you would think -- even fruits that we picture growing on large trees, like apples, bananas, and citrus fruits!
There's nothing quite like biting into a strawberry fresh off the vine. This sweet, versatile fruit is super easy to grow in a tight space. Many strawberry growers use specially designed strawberry planters or hanging baskets. Just make sure you give the strawberries plenty of sunlight! Harvest your strawberries to eat by themselves or to make delicious jams.
Fruit Trees: Apples, Bananas, Oranges
Even if you have a small space, you can grow a small fruit tree in a pot. Dwarf varieties are the perfect size and add a touch of beauty to any outdoor space. Dwarf varieties of the fruits mentioned above give you a stellar harvest without needing a yard.
Each of these trees can be grown in pots, but make sure you're knowledgeable about their needs -- each one is different! Having these popular fruits at your own home will be delicious, convenient, and help you save money!
Peppers of any variety, especially if you live in a warmer climate, are great veggies to grow in a small space. Pepper plants themselves are not very big, but make sure you use a deep container with room for the pepper plant to fan out.
When growing peppers, always double-check you are growing the variety you want. It's very easy to accidentally switch out a mild, sweet pepper for something incredibly spicy!
Tomatoes are an incredibly useful fruit to have on hand for preparation of just about anything! To grow tomatoes in your small space, choose a smaller variety (determinate), set up a planter with a tomato cage, and start nurturing the plant!
Vegetables to grow in limited spaces
Having the ability to go to your little garden and harvest some chives for a loaded baked potato or mint and dill for your homemade tzatziki makes cooking so easy.
Vegetables are very easy to grow in small spaces, especially because home gardeners have so many choices on what they might want to grow.
Onions and Garlic
Onions and garlic are a kitchen staple. They -- and their friends green onions, chives, and leeks -- add so much good flavor to any dish. Growing onions and garlic in your small space garden makes these easy-to-grow plants accessible to harvest and use whenever you need them!
Unlike some other veggies or smaller herbs, onions, leeks, and garlic do need a deep container, which preferably has drainage. Green onions and chives, on the other hand, can be grown in smaller containers, so are better for very small spaces.
Kale and other salad greens
Kale and other salad greens are very easy to grow in containers in a small space outside. Kale, spinach, and romaine can all easily be grown in a pot. When growing greens, make sure the plants have ample space, both vertically and an area around the plant since greens often grow out from a center. When harvesting your greens, make sure you are focusing on a harvesting technique that promotes long-term yield.
Small Herb Garden
Pick out your favorite herbs and plant them in a small pot or planter! Herbs are one of the greatest small space veggies to grow since they do not take up a lot of space and add something special to every dish!
Growing fruits and veggies in small garden spaces takes creativity, but it can be done. Choose plants that will grow well and fit in your space.