2015-05-28 / From The Garden

Gardening in Small Spaces

By Cynthia Gibson


Growing herbs in a strawberry pot is a good way to keep fresh herbs just a few steps from the kitchen. Growing herbs in a strawberry pot is a good way to keep fresh herbs just a few steps from the kitchen. Summer is the time for fresh veggies, as evidenced by the popularity of our farmers markets. And there is certainly no reason to be deprived of a luscious homegrown tomato, or any other vegetable, during the warm months since compact and miniature hybrids have come such a long way. Why bite into a watery-tasting tomato from the supermarket when you can slice a Balconi, BushSteak or Marglobe patio variety? These are some of the best! All you need is a one-foot high plastic or terra cotta flowerpot with a diameter of 10 inches. Add pre-fertilized potting soil, water and a saucer and you are good to go.

You, too, can grow Sungold, one of the sweetest bright orange tomatoes ever created. They are the height of summer deliciousness.

Inground gardens are always great fun and allow you to grow way too many zucchini, but for those who have room for a few flowerpots or window boxes, miniature vegetables will thrive and bring delicious results.


Sungold tomatoes are the sweetest orange tomato on earth. Sungold tomatoes are the sweetest orange tomato on earth. While strawberry pots are a natural for growing strawberries, they are also excellent for growing a miniature herb garden. Instead of filling each hole with a strawberry plant, consider planting a different herb in each hole or cup. Freshlypicked herbs will not only perk up your summer salads, but will also be a nice addition to the marinades you use for grilling. Herbs are such a boost to summer cooking, especially after waiting all winter for that fresh taste right from the flowerpot!

Fill a strawberry pot with soil from the bottom upwards. Place a different herb plant in each hole or cup and then add more soil, watering as you go so that the soil becomes more compact. Use a good potting soil that contains Perlite (those tiny white balls). The best herbs for growing from the sides of strawberry pots are marjoram, summer savory, thyme, chives and sage. Your taller herbs, like dill and basil, should be saved for the top of the pot.


Cynthia Gibson is a gardener, food writer and painter. She gardens and tends her miniature orchard in Newport. Cynthia Gibson is a gardener, food writer and painter. She gardens and tends her miniature orchard in Newport. These pots are fun, attractive, serve a real purpose, and make the best gifts. If you have a small terrace, balcony, or patio, or even if there is some extra space on your back doorsteps, a planted strawberry pot can find a place to call home.

Growing single plants is great, too. If you are looking for a larger crop, purchase a more substantial pot and plant only one full-sized tomato plant. You should also purchase a tomato cage and place it right into the soil in the pot.

Cultivating vegetables in this way is charming since it often brings such unexpected delights. Surprise yourself and your friends by purchasing a more decorative pot for a couple of cucumber plants. Add a small trellis and they will climb while producing great cukes. It’s fun to watch as the cucumbers grow.

Flower boxes were made for flowers, but they are also great for growing lettuce, a mainstay of fresh summer edibles. When you add a few lettuce seeds among the flowers in your pots or boxes, they become more interesting. You will not only have a small bouquet of flowers for your table, but you’ll enjoy the bonus of a small salad as well.

Whether you decide upon pots or flower boxes, they will need watering in the morning and afternoon. Fertilize every three weeks. You will have to reseed your lettuce after picking it. What a simple thing to do for such tasty rewards.

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