Vegetables can be grown in more places than the backyard garden. Container gardening has always been popular for urban homes and apartment dwellers. As people become more interested in pesticide-free food, growing vegetables at home has become more popular. There are several ways to create new vegetable-growing areas around your home.
Vegetables can be grown in containers wherever there is a space on a window sill, doorstep, patio or back porch. Choose plant varieties that are small or dwarf such as 'Early Prolific Straightneck' squash, 'Early Pik' cucumbers, 'Patio' or 'Pixie' tomatoes and 'Cherry Belle' radishes. Grow pole beans and cucumbers on a trellis or next to a fence. Use nutrient-rich compost mixed with garden soil as a growing medium. Place the container in a sunny area and water daily. Containers drain quickly, so be sure to check frequently for soil dryness.
Constructing a raised garden bed ensures good soil for growing as well as easy access for caretaking. Choose a location that has all-day sun. Raised beds are built on top of the garden soil using rot-resistant wood or concrete blocks. The bed is filled with organic humus-rich compost mixed with soil. Plant tomatoes, bush beans, and squash, peas, rutabagas, kale and salad greens. Raised beds have the advantage of easy access from all sides, and they drain very well. Using a soil mixture high in organic materials also increases water retention.
Growing vegetables in a backyard garden is an easy and traditional method. Trellis systems for tall plants such as pole beans and cucumbers can be added. Blackberries can sprawl the 6 feet or more that they need to grow well. Garden tools are easy to store nearby. Choose an area that receives full sun all day and has easy access to water. If there is a lawn, layer it with mulch and allow the lawn to die before turning over the soil. Add humus-rich compost to existing garden soil.
The front yard has become more popular for vegetable growing where drought conditions have increased and water is a scarce commodity. Many people want to use their water to grow food rather than lawn. To convert sections of the front lawn into vegetable garden plots, place a thick layer of mulch or newspaper over the grass. This can eventually be dug in to the ground to create a growing space. Grow less appealing vegetables such as eggplant and okra near the sidewalks. Squash vines, blackberries and sprawling tomatoes can be supported along fences.