This Season Two episode was chosen for a special Encore Broadcast in Season Three.
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.
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.
The fabric wall planters featured by Nathan are Woolly Pockets.