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I have a tiny tiny lot. I suppose it is large compared to someobdy in a town home or condo ... but for a stand alone house, it's small. Not even 1/5 of an acre and the house is huge at 3600 sq ft. So if you can imagine, there is not much yard left.
Some people think I have such a huge garden, but the fact is ....it is only 240 sq feet. It is only even that big, this year after we put in 2 more beds. We have 6 4x8 beds and 3 2x8 beds. In this space I have been able to grow 19 tomato plants (we lost one), 1 bell pepper, 32 ft of beets, 56 ft of carrots, 40 ft of bush beans (if you compared it to row plantings), 1 watermelon vine, 3 cucumber vines, 2 zucchini, 1 yellow crook neck and 2 smaller melon vines like honey dew. In my beds I have also added the permanent plants of lavendar, dill, Rhubarb, pot marigold and chives...I think I may have to replant the chives.
I have some border beds...what others use as flower beds, and in them I have planted various herbs and edibles. I have mint, marjoram, poppy, thyme, and pineapple sage. We have a planting of raspberries above a retaining wall and a grape vine that frames a window. We have planted peach, apple and choke cherry trees. I have plans to plant more herbs and edibles.
My point in this posting is ... no matter the size of your yard or garden. You can grow SOMETHING. Only have a small decorative flower bed?? Thyme is a beautiful plant which produces green or green/yellow foliage and purple flowers. Mint, Sage and Chives are just green foliage and if you interplant them with flowering bulbs for color can make a low maintenance and beautiful border or bed.
South facing window? Hang a pot w/ cherry tomatoes. Small patio or porch? Plant stands with anything can be nice. Cucumbers and tomatoes can make good container vines while peppers and eggplant and almost any herb make pretty upright plants.
Don't judge me. I was too lazy to roll up the hose for the picture. :) We have the auto water system working now so no more hose except when starting new seeds.
I love my poppies. They grew and bloomed! Last year, they grew and died. :) This bed is about 2 feet deep and runs the length of my front porch. I have room for a few bush/trees here and plan on planting currant bushes. The poppies are planted to border the currant bushes I will plant next spring. I love red flowers, they are my FAVORITE!