The traditional image of a vegetable garden might be sprawling rows of plants covering tons of ground, but as an appreciation for both farm-to-table and minimalism has surged, those with less space have found creative ways to reap the benefits of a garden. If you’ve hesitated to commit to a massive garden because you plan to list your home, these options will work particularly well. There’s a vegetable growing option for you no matter your outdoor space!

Windowsills and Containers

For the home with little to no outdoor space, never fear. There are numerous plants that can thrive in a container or windowsill planter as long as there’s direct sunlight. Herbs especially grow well in smaller spaces. Basil is a personal favorite- you can’t be the distinct smell- but several other spice rack staples like oregano, thyme, and parsley do well in containers, too. Once you’ve tackled herbs, loose leaf lettuce and spinach are easy options to explore- neither needs more than a few hours of sunlight.

Vertical space

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If you can’t grow out, grow up! Utilizing a trellis and other supports help you cash in on often forgotten vertical space. Vining plants like tomatoes, cucumbers, and pole beans are all great plants to grow using a trellis, pole, or cage. Bonus: growing vertically also means less work, as weeding, fertilizing, etc. are decreased.

Companion Planting

There are several vegetables that do well with roommates. While there are an unbelievable number of veggie combinations which grow well alongside one another (and thus, will help you maximize your limited space), you can remember the following simply by thinking about how well the plants pair together in recipes:

  • Basil + tomatoes
  • Green beans + corn
  • Zucchini + summer squash
  • Onions + carrots

Isn’t the vegetable kingdom incredible?

After you note the basics (amount and intensity of sunlight, water, and type of soil), go confidently in the direction of your small garden dreams! You’ll be eating your own delicious produce before you know it, and for those who plan to list their home soon, this type of planting allows for easy removal, so new homeowners can make their own decisions about the space.