City gardens and country gardens are different—not only in the amount of space each can fill, but in the types and quantities of foods that can be produced. Where the country garden can lounge over a half acre, the city garden must fit in tight spaces and nudge around decorative plants and kid’s play areas. The country garden can accommodate low-producing plants that require relatively large plots of land, like corn, but the city garden must achieve the highest productivity from the smallest parcel. This article will help you plan the best city garden you can grow—and, perhaps, give some new ideas to country gardeners as well.
Gardening, like everything else we hope will succeed, begins with a plan. I’m going to explain how I planned my city garden and, in the process, help you plan yours. Pencil and paper (or a computer keyboard) are your initial gardening tools. The best time to do this is about January, when you begin to long for springtime, and the gardening catalogs begin to arrive in the mail.
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