A small space can come to life with the right mix of heights, fun objects, and fine-foliage plants

A small space can come to life with the right mix of heights, fun objects, and fine-foliage plants

Have a small yard or garden? Less  – maybe a patio or balcony? Driveway? No space is too small or oddly-shaped for a bit of garden, and you’d be surprised how with a few design tricks you’ll see you have more growing space than you imagined.

Professional garden designers Rebecca Sweet and Susan Morrison give us tips to deal with all of those pesky problems. By selecting plants of different heights, you add depth to a shallow bed. Break up a flat wall by training select plants up a trellis and interspersing garden art and found objects. Wall container planters and planting pockets create growing space out of seemingly nothing.

Have a long, narrow space like a side yard? With raised beds and clustered containers, you add height and interest to break up the corridor. If you have a large property, there may still be smaller areas within that seem awkward for planting, and these same techniques will work for you as well.

This lush oasis is just a strip a few containers deep at the perimeter of a parking lot

This lush oasis is just a strip a few containers deep at the perimeter of a parking lot

In this episode we also meet Baylor Chapman, a floral designer in San Francisco who sources organic flowers locally when she can, and grows the rest in a truly unique parking lot garden in the city. While she told us what it was like gardening under these conditions, we saw bees and butterflies and ladybugs galore, even in a parking lot in an industrial area surrounded by warehouses and a car repair shop!

Finally, Chef Nathan reminisces on gardening with his grandfather while making up a fantastically-fresh green bean vegetable salad with tuna and Dijon vinaigrette.

Read Joe’s production blog post about this episode.

For more information on the plantable wall pockets seen in this episode, visit Woolly Pockets.


Growing A Greener World is a national gardening series on Public Television that features organic gardening, green living and farm to table cooking. Each episode focuses on compelling and inspirational people making a difference through gardening. This gardening series covers everything from edible gardening and sustainable agriculture to seasonal cooking and preserving the harvest.

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  1. says

    Just caught the tail end of an episode on The Edible Schoolyard. It is inpirational to see folks share and infirm with others their love of gardening! If we continue along this trajectory, we might educate enough people about the impact Big Ag has on soil depletion. And of course mire folks will be getting better nutrition from crops grown using age old practices of working WITH nature vs assaulting it while demanding more from a dwindling resource- soil.

  2. Kelly Williams says

    Kudos! Great show…as always. Chef Nathan showed the container holder that you can put on a fence…What was that and where can I get them!! Very interesting,

  3. says

    Now you know I love your shares and this segment featuring Susan L Morrison and Rebecca Sweet authors of Garden Up! was especially wonderful to view as they featured Authentic Haven Brand Natural Brew Teas on page 86. I say what better way to Garden Up! then to feed the soil with 100% natural Soil nutrients <|;-) Looking forward to your next segment Annie

  4. Moja Mujaden says


    Another fantastic, thought-inspiring episode. I can watch this episode over and over again. In the program, whey they said “no soil”…one really has no excuse anymore or whatsoever not to be able to plant. But in cases like this, would they ever use pesticides (would there be a chance) in keeping their garden healthy. This is just a conjecture, that most people especially with small spaces to garden would have the tendency to think that its going to be more meticulous or high-maintenance. But i guess to, that most people (like moi) are not really aware (yet) on what type of plants that can be low or high maintenance. Anyway, this has inspired me to look at my garden in another perspective. (trying to create a natural garden in a tropical clime) especially materials that are lying around in the area like old metal window frames etc. I love you GGWTV. Godbless you always.

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