Gardening for Small Spaces

Betty lives in an apartment with little space to plant fruits and vegetables, so she has embraced the idea of planting herbs, fruits and vegetables in pots, boxes, tubs or barrels. She and The Standup Gourmet™ Misfit Crew have made gardening in small spaces an art form. Below are recommended planter sizes for your small space.

Herbs, Strawberries and Scallions

Between 8-12” in diameter (if you want a bigger crop yield, purchase a bigger container, at least 7 gallons.)

Dwarf Citrus Trees

21" in diameter and at least 15" in height

Fig Trees

26" in diameter and at least 17" in height

Tomatoes, Peppers, Eggplants, Green Beans, and Other Legumes

Between 14" - 21" in diameter and at least 15" in height

Zucchini, Squash, Pumpkin

21" in diameter and at least 15" in height

Asparagus, Cantaloupe, Watermelon
Rectangular planter of 27" in width by 12" in depth by at least 10" in height

Potatoes, Onions, Garlic, Carrots or other Root Vegetables

Collapsible Leaf Bags with a 40 gallon capacity and holes cut in the bottom for drainage

Remember, the bigger the pot or container, the more room fruits and vegetables have to grow; therefore the greater the harvest.

Make sure the bottom of the planters have proper drainage. Pot and container planting require more water and nutrients than in-ground plants.

Additional Recommendations for Pot Types

Stay away from clay pots, no matter how pretty they are! Clay absorbs water out of the soil very easily leaving nothing left for your plants. You will be watering religiously every day, which may not be feasible. Plastic planters do not absorb water, therefore less watering is needed. To check for plant drought, use a water meter or your finger, by sticking it 2” into the soil.

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