In my first column this season, I announced that this year’s theme is “Everyone Can Grow A Garden.” Perhaps you haven’t thought of growing vegetables because you’re short on space, time, or the know-how – or a combination of the three.
But you can grow a garden and to prove that point, this week’s topic is growing a postage-stamp-sized garden. By that, I mean a tiny garden that yields big results.
I’ve set aside a 3-by-8-foot raised bed in my garden to illustrate how this is possible. Yes, just 24 square feet will produce a bounty of flavorful vegetables. I have chosen three easy crops to grow – tomatoes, zucchini and bush beans.
Here’s how to grow your own tiny garden:
Select a spot that gets at least six hours of sunlight daily. Prepare the soil for planting by gently loosening it. I do this by inserting a spading fork or shovel into the soil, wiggling it back and forth a bit, pulling it out, moving it to the next spot, and so on. That way you don’t need special equipment and it doesn’t require a lot of energy on your part.
Each of the plants I’m growing will benefit from either…