Thinking Outside the Plot
Re-shared for educational purposes from the book SMALL SPACE VEGETABLE GARDENS by Andrea Bellamy
THINKING OUTSIDE THE PLOT
Almost everyone has access to more space than they realize. It just takes a little creative thinking to see it. I didn’t have the space to grow both peas and beans inside the confines of my patio, for example, so I co-opted the back side of my fence, which separates my patio from an alley (an alley is a narrow passage between or behind buildings). In only a narrow strip of soil at the base of the fence, I planted a family of pole beans, which climb up twine attached to the fence.
Take a look at your back alley: Could you install narrow raised beds along the alley’s edge? Take a look at your sidewalk: Could you grow food in the space between it and the street? Take a look at any hard outdoor surfaces: Could you have a container garden on your driveway, porch, fire escape, or staircase? Take a look at your rooftop: Is it flat and relatively easy to access? (Remember that you will have to get pots, soil, and water up there,
too.) Could it support the weight of a container garden? Take a look at the land surrounding your building: Could you convince your landlord or homeowners association to let you start a garden?