Want to grow your own food but don’t have any land to speak of? Renting doesn’t have to mean forgoing garden-to-table produce or that delightful feeling of soil between your fingers. Here are 10 fruits and veggies in pots that can sit pretty on a super small porch, fire escape, or even in a well lit indoor area. And, unlike traditional gardens, you won’t have to deal with many intrusive weeds either!
Look for either a June-bearing or ever-bearing variety (Alpine strawberries are great for growing indoors), and then make sure you can house them somewhere that receives at least six hours of strong daylight. If you’re growing them inside, you can plant at any time of year.
If you’ll be housing them outdoors, plant in the early spring in areas with cold winters; plant in the fall if you don’t. Start with transplants to avoid the complications of germinating seeds, and soak the roots, trimmed to 5 inches, in water for an hour before planting with the bud crowns level with the soil. Strawberries have shallow roots, so the shape and size of your container matters little, but a hanging planter is a fun and unexpected option. Remove blossoms for the first six weeks, and then fertilize your flowering plants every 10 days. Water daily during their growing season.