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Grow vegetables without a vegetable patch

Ideas for growing vegies at home

 

I know that this is a busy this week! Besides planning for Christmas and more visitors arriving today, I know that you can grow vegetables without a vegetable patch.  

Where do your veggies grow?

One of the Things I Know is that you do not need to have a dedicated vegetable patch to grow herbs and vegetables.   They can be grown amongst other plants, in pots, on a balcony, in grocery store foam boxes, anywhere that you have a small piece of space.

My aunt has a beautiful garden, without a dedicated vegetable patch.  It is the type of garden that contains many surprises everywhere you look there are interesting things and always something in flower. She has a large variety of vegetables and herbs growing in between regular plants, as well as in grocery store foam boxes and along the fence. The foam boxes are lined up on some concrete pavers near her BBQ, in an area that is otherwise unused.  She harvests a fabulous crop from these boxes and her garden.  On numerous occasions I have been there when one of her neighbors have dropped in to collect something to add to their dinner.

Tomato in the garden

 

 

 

 

 

Fruit Boxes

 

 

 

 

 

Beans on fence

 

 

 

 

 

Where do you grow your vegetables and herbs?

Have a great Christmas.

Kyrstie

 

 

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  • Really Ninja December 23, 2011, 8:15 am

    Hey! I was wondering about something. I live on the 6th floor (7th if you’re American) which is the top floor of our building. We have an open space that we share with our neighbours and I put out potted plants there during the summer. Some herbs etc. that are good for cooking and also smell nice. Now I was wondering if I could grow veggies there too. The main problem seems to be that it can get really windy up here. Any thoughts?

    • Kyrstie December 23, 2011, 9:01 am

      Hi there, is there a wall you can put the pots against to provide some shelter? Shade cloth secured by cable ties at the height of any railing works well if that set up is an option. If it is totally open you could try a very large pot that is partly filled with soil so that the plants are protected by the higher sides of the pot?? You might just need to experiment with the type of vegetables that are hardy and not bothered by the wind. Good luck.

  • Rhianna December 23, 2011, 8:36 am

    We only have a very small garden area and the majority of that is grass for the kids and dog to have a run around on. We have however just cleared out the garden beds to make room for some vegies, too bad it is not the best time of year for it but oh well!

  • Laney @ Crash Test Mummy December 23, 2011, 10:47 am

    We’ve got a bit of space so CrashHubby has made 4 raised garden beds. We have corn, tomatoes, beans, eggplant, basil, leeks, silverbeet, lettuce, carrots etc etc etc! The kids are loving it and even though I’m a bit over the silverbeet I’m looking forward to harvesting something new soon!

    • Kyrstie December 23, 2011, 11:59 am

      Wow Laney, I would love to see some pics of your Patches in the new year. Sounds like you have more planted than I do. I am getting excited about my tomatoes being ready soon! Is that sad 🙂

  • Good Golly Miss Holly! December 23, 2011, 11:19 am

    Stopping by from Things I Know 🙂

    We have a few herbs planted in little planter pots out the back. Nothing fancy but they’re growing a treat and so easy to maintain!
    x

    • Kyrstie December 23, 2011, 11:57 am

      Thanks for stopping by Miss Holly. Isn’t nice to pick fresh herbs to add to your cooking? Have a great Christmas. K

  • Kirsty @ My Home Truths December 23, 2011, 1:26 pm

    Thanks for this inspiration Kyrstie. We have tried starting up veggies and herbs in pots but have never quite succeeded. I’m hoping we can use some of these ideas to finally get things growing well – we’ll see how we go!

    • Kyrstie December 24, 2011, 4:19 pm

      Good luck Kirsty, experiement with where you place your pots that can make a big difference. Best wishes, Kyrstie

  • Jayne Watkins (@jay_latte) December 23, 2011, 5:59 pm

    Wow, I’d love to have a garden like that. We have a dedicated veggie patch, but it’s not big enough. We’re being overrun with pumpkin and tomato plants at the moment!

    • Kyrstie December 24, 2011, 4:18 pm

      Hi Jayne,
      My aunt’s garden is fabulous, it always looks great. There are worse things to be overrun with! I am really looking forward to my tomatoes being ready. Thanks for visiting. K

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