My dad’s gardening tips from last week prompted Regina Tan to ask if I’d discuss how to grow edibles in small, urban spaces. Instantly, I was transported back to the days of living in a tiny apartment in Los Angeles. My boyfriend (now husband) and I gained a nice size, albeit shady, plot right under our kitchen window when a plumbing issue arose and plumbers had to dig up the pipes.
Rory asked the landlord (a nice Korean lady) if we could grow stuff in the 3 by 5-foot area, and she concurred. That summer I grew yellow pear tomatoes, Japanese eggplant, basil, and squash. We went to Europe on vacation (the bachelor postman upstairs watered for us) and returned to a jungly garden of edibles.
You don’t need a lot of space to grow food to eat. In fact, Sunset magazine estimates that a 4 by 4-foot space (square meter) is enough. But you can grow things in even small areas, tucked into here and there. Wherever there’s a spot of consistent sun, you can grow something. Think of it as nano or guerilla gardening. Some ideas to consider: