There’s Always Room for a Garden

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by Patrice on January 21, 2011 · 3 comments

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Gardens can be a place of peace and relaxation as the gardener works the warm soil and coaxes life from the earth. A healthy harvest can also ease the food budget of the single mom. A small yard doesn’t mean that a garden of fresh flowers and vegetables is impossible.

Flowers and produce can be grown in limited space and provide hours of relaxation and family fun. If digging a traditional garden will take up the kids play space, consider a container garden on the patio or the balcony.

Tomatoes, peppers, radishes and lettuce all grow well in a container. In fact, depending on the size of the pot, any vegetable can be grown in a container on a sunny patio or balcony.

Let the kids get involved in the family gardening by assigning one or more containers to each child. Gardening is not only a fun activity, it’s a learning experience. It might even tempt the child to taste new fresh vegetables and discover that they like them. That should make any single mom feel that the effort has been worth while.

Plant vegetables or flowers that have the same sun and water requirements in the same pot. Keep the mature size of all of the plants in mind when planting the container garden so that they don’t crowd each other out. Taller plants may block needed sunlight from shorter growing plants, so take this into consideration at planting time, too.

Don’t forget to utilize the vertical spaces that you have access to. Containers can be placed on shelves installed on a fence or wall. Make sure the supporting structure is strong enough to bear the weight of the container, plant, and the soil when it is full of moisture.

Fruits and vegetables can also thrive in hanging baskets. Again, the supporting structure has to be strong enough to support the combined weight of the plant, container and moisture laden soil. Plants in hanging baskets are especially susceptible to wind, which can dry them out quickly or cause breakage, so extra attention may be needed during bad weather.

Add flowers to the container garden to make the area as attractive as it is functional. If the container is in the way, just move it. That’s another benefit of the container garden. The plants can be easily moved if extra space is needed for entertaining, play or to protect the garden from the elements.

About Patrice

Patrice Campbell is a freelance writer working from the Denver area. Campbell started her writing career in the 1980’s, working for several Wisconsin local papers as a news, human interest and features writer, as well as a photographer.

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Angie Schilling January 22, 2011 at 7:49 am

I did this with my preschoolers. We planted beans, tomatoes, peppers and carrots and they each got to help take care of them. We put them on our balcony in little planters. When they were full grown we washed them up and ate them with dip. The children took great pride in knowing that they could grow something they ate.


Ree Ann March 6, 2011 at 7:02 pm

I always give time to teach my daughter, Alyana about planting. Last week she planted raddish. Since she is just 4 years old, she planted raddish seeds. I taught her where to place the seeds and how many. She waters it everyday. Now, what she does is wait for the seeds to grow.


Savannah March 22, 2011 at 8:27 am

When I was little, my mom use to cut up egg cartons, fill the little hollows with dirt, and then let me plant whatever I wanted in them. I’d keep them in the windowsill, water them and watch them, and by the end I’d have my own little garden that I could then transplant into mom’s bigger garden outside. I got to plant, and mom got a bigger garden!


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