A grouping of terra cotta planters are filled with leafy plants

Growing your own vegetables and herbs is an excellent way to eat healthily, save money, and reduce your carbon footprint. But what if you live in an apartment or rent a home and can’t dig up the lawn? Or maybe you have back issues, and bending over to weed and water hurts?

Fortunately, with a container garden or raised bed planter, you can grow an abundance of vegetables and herbs in a small area, and many don’t require a lot of bending. There are even compact greenhouses that can fit on a patio or larger deck. Ocean State Job Lot has everything you need to start a small garden in almost any size space without ever putting a shovel to the ground.

Rectangle garden planters filled with plants and herbs sit on a stone patio.

Grow A Garden Oasis in A Small Space: Container and Raised Bed Gardening

Container Garden

Container gardens are a popular choice for people who don’t have a lawn of their own or who choose to have their fresh veggies close by. A balcony or patio is easily transformed into a garden oasis in just a few simple steps! Plus, you can have a variety of gorgeous planters or hand-painted pots in different sizes to reflect your personal style. Line up small pots on your window sill, and enjoy fresh herbs year-round. Tomatoes, herbs, peppers, lettuce, and even strawberries thrive in containers. Vegetables like cucumbers and zucchini look pretty in larger containers. Use plant stakes or a small garden trellis to prop them up so they don’t take over your other containers. Container gardens are also easy to water and weed and can be moved around to catch the sun at different times of the day.

Raised garden beds with many vegetables grow on a small patio.

Raised Beds

For those with a bit more space, raised bed gardens are an excellent choice. Raised beds are large, often square frames that sit on top of the ground. You fill them with soil, plant your plants, and that’s that. Special liners can keep all the soil contained and prevent plants from rooting into the ground. They can be made from wood, metal, stone, or recycled materials like old tires or pallets. Raised beds provide a lot of advantages over traditional gardens, such as better drainage, easier weed control, and improved soil quality. They also let you try out a garden with no commitment. If you don’t like it, you can take it apart, and your lawn remains intact. Raised beds can make gardening more accessible for people with mobility issues since the garden can be raised to a comfortable height

An outdoor portable greenhouse with flower pots inside

Pop-up Greenhouse

If you want to enjoy veggies year-round, consider a pop-up greenhouse. These greenhouses are small enough to fit on a balcony or deck, yet they provide enough space to grow various vegetables and herbs. A greenhouse protects plants from harsh weather conditions, pests, and diseases. With a pop-up greenhouse, you can enjoy fresh produce year-round.

An in-store Ocean State Job Lot display of Burpee vegetable seeds

Let’s Get Growing

If you are new to gardening, Ocean State Job Lot can help you get started! We carry over 400 varieties of Burpee Seeds, perfect for container and raised bed gardens. You’ll also find planters and pots in different sizes. Be sure to check out our planting and lawn care section and private-label Tiller & Rowe lawn and garden supplies for everything you need to design and maintain your raised bed and container gardens!

Limited space shouldn’t be a barrier to growing nutritious food for your family. With some creativity and careful planning, you can transform even the smallest spot into a gorgeous, bountiful garden.

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