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Stone walls enclose this quaint porch, complete with a gardening station and crystal chandelier. A large wood hutch houses tools, extra pots and other garden necessities. A bright white potting table provides a crisp, clean workspace for gardening creativity.
Try a "Pick ‘n’ Pluck Salad Bar": Loose leaf cut-and-come-again lettuce varieties can be planted as seeds or seedlings in a container for a quick pick salad. Choose salad ingredients with different leaf textures and colors for a vibrant and healthy salad, says Anne Gibson, who has coined the phrase "The Micro Gardener." Alternate these around the container and when the lettuces have at least eight leaves, you can start harvesting as you rotate around the pot.
An African keyhole garden is basically a raised bed with a wire cylinder standing upright in the center. Most of these gardens have an opening that lets you walk into the bed and easily add materials to the cylinder. Flowers or veggies are planted in the bed, and as the materials decompose, rain or water from your hose carries nutrients and good organisms from them into the surrounding soil.
Micro gardens are designed to be highly productive, energy and space efficient, sustainable and affordable, and grown in healthy living soil, says Anne Gibson of The Micro Gardener (themicrogardener.com). They can be as tiny as a few square inches in a container or several square feet in a garden bed.
Vertical stackable planters are one way to have a micro garden and it suits shallow-rooted edibles like lettuces, flowers, strawberries and herbs, says Anne Gibson, known as The Micro Gardener. This setup also minimizes moisture loss when watering from the top. Group plants with the same water needs together on each tier and add a saucer at the base to collect any water or nutrients.
Kate Richards of Drinking With Chickens holds her plants in a natural canvas shoe organizer. Fill the pockets directly with soil or place small plastic pots in each pocket. It’s a cheap solution and stores a large number of herbs.
Line a wire spice rack with burlap and load each shelf with soil and plants. Chris McLaughlin of Laughing Crow & Company recommends plants that can thrive in shallow soil, such as herbs, alyssum, strawberries and succulents.
The small space behind a Brooklyn, N.Y., row house was enclosed on two sides by a 12-foot brick wall and bare with no plants. To create the illusion of a bigger space, Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, added ivy to the walls and brought in plants such as camellias and crape myrtles. The project was an 2015 American Society of Landscape Architects award winner.
Winds tunneling through high rises and neighborhoods can be damaging and drying. Adjust watering as needed and provide supports for tall plants or decorative fencing/screening as a wind break, says Melinda Myers, an urban gardener.
Vegetables, herbs and greens are grown around the deck of a San Francisco garden that slopes 8 feet from the back door and is bordered by apartments. St. John Landscapes used succulents, variegated plants, Burgundy cordyline, evergreen vines that contrast with the ground cover border and evergreen grasses, for the APLD award-winning project.
Whens space is tight, you can use old items, such as a wheelbarrow to display and grow plants. Portable gardens are a creative solution for those who need to move plants into sun or shade during the day, says Anne Gibson of TheMicroGardener.com. Heavy planters can be moved easily.