Edible container garden in NYC. Credit Tashian at Flickr
Spring is on it’s way and if you’re doing your gardening in a small space, especially in containers, or square foot gardening. You should be looking for vegetable varieties listed as ‘compact’ or ‘dwarf’. Great for the urban or suburban dweller where space is at a premium.
There are many different varieties of vegetables out there that you can use for compact container gardens or limited space you just have to look around.
Some of our favorites are:
- ‘Totem’ Tomato. – Growing not much taller than 2 feet high and requiring no staking. The ‘Totem’ offers a big tomato taste in small package.
- ‘Temptation’ Strawberry.- Small compact and fast growing make temptation well-suited for hanging baskets, grow bags, and short season climates.
- ‘The Mohawk’ Pepper. – ‘Mohawk’ peppers are perfect for window boxes and containers on your patio or deck. Will produce 4 to 5 inch bell peppers throughout the summer until frost.
- ‘Tumbling Tom’ Tomato. – If you’re a fan of cherry tomatoes, ‘Tumbling Tom’ is a great choice. It will yields lots of perfect cherry tomatoes. Great for hanging baskets or any container.
- ‘Ophelia’ Eggplant. – This one is perfect for the patio. They are smaller than many of their counterparts, and grow in clusters like tomatoes do, but the flavor is unsurpassed.
- ‘Green Tiger’ Zucchini. – This Bush variety produces 6 to 8 inch fruits with glossy dark green skin and pale stripes, with great flavor.
- ‘Alibi’ cucumber. This short vine variety of cucumber yields 6 to 7 inch slicing cucumbers. Great for the patio and you can train the vines to grow vertically. Fast maturing in about 50 days.
These are just a few of the compact varieties that you can find at your local seed stores or favorite retailer.
So if you’re into container gardening, window boxes, or square foot gardening these will help you save space yet still have the vegetables available of a full-size garden. Of course lettuce, spinach, chard, and other leafy greens are always good in containers and take up very little space.
As always we urge you to go organic with everything you grow and avoid GMO’s completely.
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Rich @ NY Homesteader
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