Do you long for a garden but don't have the space for one? Is your yard too small, or do you live in an apartment and only have a patio or balcony? I know that some of you are still wishing to move to a homestead with more land, and that others of you are homesteading where you are, whether it's a suburban home or an urban apartment.
So let's say that you have a small patio or balcony off your apartment or condo. You'll need to use containers, of course. The size and shape of your containers will depend on the kinds of plants you want to grow.
Medium-sized fruiting plants such as peppers, eggplant, beans and peas require larger containers, but the plants aren't oversized. Choose bush beans instead of pole beans. You might need to stake these plants.
You can also grow small melons and cucumbers. These will need a trellis of some sort, which you might be able to lean up against a wall or balcony railing.
Zucchini can be grown in a wide container. The plants get large but they don't spread very much.
Some plants are even multi-purpose. You can eat beet greens in salads or put them in smoothies. The greens from young onions can be snipped like chives, or you can eat the young plants as green onions.
Do be considerate of neighbors when you water your container garden. Water dripping from an overhead balcony might not make you a favorite neighbor.
Enjoy the produce from your small garden and the "fruits" of your labor.
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