Vegetables in Small Spaces
Apartments where every apartment includes free garden space if desired
life does not
preclude gardening. Many plants thrive in a small garden plot or
thrive in apartment gardens to beautify your outdoor living space or
feed your family.
Each apartment for rent at the Barber Knolls Community in Barberton,
Ohio includes space for a
small garden. If you choose to use this space please let our staff know
so that they don't over plant or weed an area you are cultivating.
Because not all residents choose to garden, it's important that our
staff know which plots are in their care and which are in the care of
We hope that these gardening tips will help you get started to create a
garden that will bring joy and beauty to your home at Barber Knolls
Types of Plants
are plants that live only one season in Ohio. They using die off with
the first hard frost as we head into winter. If you plant annuals,
you'll need to replant each spring
plants grow for two seasons. They are usually small the first year with
no flowers. The second year they bloom and are much bigger and then,
like annuals, they die with the first frost in late fall.
The easiest to care for long term are perennial plants. They will die
back in winter then burst to life again in the spring. They do not get
a hard woody stem so the garden can be cleaned up in the fall easily.
When you have the right perennial for your garden, all you
to do is a little weeding.
Some plants do
well together and others don't. By checking gardening lists to learn
which plants compliment one another, you can increase the odds of a
successful garden. You can learn more about companion plants
at National Sustainable
Herbs are most often used for seasoning
Fresh herbs are much more flavorful than the dried herbs you can buy at
the grocery and once you start cooking with fresh herbs, you'll be
hooked forever. Not only does it save a lot of
money to grow your own,
the difference in flavor is astounding.
Herbs that are
easy to grow from seed include sweet basil (deer resistant), chives
(hardy perennial, deer resistant),
sweet marjoram (annual), mint (hardy perennial), sage (hardy
perennial), summer savory (annual), sesame, and thyme (hardy perennial).
Ohio State University has an article
about how to grow your own
garlic (deer resistant). Here's a tutorial on growing
shows how very easy it is to have fresh basil (deer resistant) in your
There are over 40 varieties of basil. It comes in several colors and
many interesting fragrances like lemon, anise and cinnamon. It's said
to have some healing properties as well. Cooking with basil
options and it is easily grown inside or frozen for later
can brighten any space
and whether your garden is in full sun or full shade, there are plants
that will delight gardeners, new and old. Be sure to read the seed
packet or instructions before you purchase seeds or plants to be sure
the light in your garden will support the plants you want to grow.
Remember, perennial plants are the gift that keeps giving, they'll come
back every year with little encouragement.
Shade Loving Perennials
Hosta (there's a lot of hosta around
Barber Knolls, blooms late summer)
(shade tolerant, also
grows in sun, with extra watering)
Viola (tiny flowers in spring, some in
fall as well, this is a cool weather plant)
Heart (comes in both pink and white, spring blooming)
Lily of the Valley
Shade Loving Annuals
(can be difficult to
start from seed but easy from flats, great in containers)
are fragrant only
at night, attracts hummingbirds)
Sun Loving Perennials
(pink and white, easy
to start from seed)
Tulips (deer love
Daffodils (deer resistant)
Bee Balm ( a member of the mint family, attracts hummingbirds
and butterflies, deer resistant)
Stella d'Oro lilies
Sun Loving Annuals
(great as cut flowers)
(great as cut flower
or dried flowers, reseed themselves fairly well)
(often reseeds itself for
the next season)
(easiest to start with nursery plants)
(loves poor soil,
blossoms and leaves can be used like herbs, deer resistant)
two basic types of
tomato plants, determinates and indeterminates. Determinates are
typically small plants with vines that stop growing and they often
produce fruit earlier in the season than indeterminates. Indeterminates
keep growing and increasing in size throughout their growing
season and they'll need a cage or trellis for support. Determinates are
perfect for a small space or container. If you are planting in the
ground you'll have room for indeterminates.
take a long time to
mature and are a warm season plant. You can start from seed inside but
it's very easy to buy small plants from a nursery or the local grocer
to get started in your garden. Be sure to choose a starter tomato plant
that has green healthy leaves and avoid those with yellowing on them.
Choose plants that aren't pushing their roots out the drain
of the pot yet. Tomatoes don't like to be pot bound and you want one
that isn't stressed yet.
start tomatoes from seed
(indoors) the best time is usually March. If you plant them in little
paper cups of dirt you'll be ready to plant later by simply slitting
the paper cup down one side to allow water in and roots out. Then plant
the paper cup and the plant so that you don't disturb the roots.
end of the Ohio growing
season, you can pot up a stocky, healthy tomato plant into a well
drained pot and keep it in a south window. Chances are pretty good that
you'll have fresh tomatoes all winter. If you don't have a
that's a good size to pot up, cut a healthy, flowering branch from one
of your plants and place it in water for a week to 10 days. It should
root. When the roots appear, pot it up gently and set it in a sunny
on growing tomatoes, visit Tomato
lettuce, romaine, butterhead and crisphead lettuce
surprisingly easy to grow.
Most varieties can be planted as soon in the spring as the soil is dry
enough to rake. Plant successive plantings about 2 weeks apart to
extend your harvest. Lettuce likes coolness, so planting in an area
that gets some shade will help lettuce survive very hot summer days. If
you don't have a semi-shady area, find a heat tolerant varieties
(usually the leaf lettuce). Leaf lettuce is easier to grow than head
sweet bell peppers, banana, cherry, jalapeno, habeneros
are difficult to start
from seed so novices are advised to begin with nursery plants. You can
often find starts at your local grocery or hardware store at the right
time for planing in Ohio.
All varieties of peppers
require full sun. They like hot weather and moist but not wet soil. Growing peppers
isn't too difficult and the with the results you can enhance salads or
make your own hot salsa. Just be careful you don't plant sweet peppers
too close to hot peppers.
beans, French beans, wax beans, snow peas, sugar peas
In Ohio, peas planted in early spring
can be ready
to eat by June 10. Snap beans planted in May or June can be harvested
by late June and can produce beans through mid-October. Seeds
often planted a few at a time, spacing a week or so apart to lengthen
the harvest time. Ohio Extension Services has a helpful article
these healthy vegetables.
Containers are a great way to garden if
you want to be able to move
your plants, plan to bring them in during the winter or need to keep
them away from critters. Ohio State University has recommendations for
growing cucumbers, peppers,
squash and tomatoes
in container gardens. It's easier than you'd imagine! It's more work
getting started that a traditional, "in the dirt" garden but the
results are still pleasing.
Controlling deer and
Visit the University of Minnesota
site for a
list of plants that discourage deer and rabbits(often eats the same
plants as deer). Also see Deer Proof Garden for a more
options. Possibly the easiest control for deer is the use of Milorganite, which is a
fertilizer. With one product you can fertilize your garden and repel
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