Americans are gardening with gusto, with six million of us trying it for the first time in recent months, according to the National Gardening Association. If growing your own food is appealing but seems impossible because of your home’s small outdoor footprint, grab your spade and get ready to dig into the trend with help from smartly designed products like these.
Although there are a variety of small-scale, elevated garden planters in the marketplace, what I like about the VegTrug™ Mini Wallhugger Planter is its removable greenhouse cover that makes it possible to garden year-round. Sized right for a small patio or balcony, this Chinese fir planter holds up to 60 quarts of soil. $99.95.
Aptly named, the Vertical GRO System transforms otherwise wasted wall space into a skyward garden. Handmade in the USA of unfinished western red cedar that’s naturally rot and insect resistant, this 5-foot high system has four movable wooden planter boxes (with plastic liner tubs) that can be hung at any height for a custom look, a drip irrigation system that connects to a water hose and four caster wheels that make the whole thing easy to move about. Worth the investment at $329.95.
Container gardening is a hot trend but vine plants like tomatoes and beans require support. The Handmade Willow Cloche delivers that in a pretty and practical way. And because each cloche is crafted by hand of natural willow twigs, no two are alike which adds to their charm. Three sizes—$24.95-$44.95.
The unique tote bag shape of G.F. Italia Pop Planters adds a touch of runway style to any garden. Made of durable polypropylene, these popsicle bright planters feature pop out indentions that create drainage holes, plus sturdy handles that enable them to be easily moved when filled with soil and plants. Two sizes and three colors—$10.95-$17.95.
If all you want to grow are a few herbs like chives, oregano or peppermint, these striking majolica-inspired Tulip pots should suffice. And because they’re made of cement, they should also stand their ground even in the most blustery breeze. in five sizes— $9.60-$62.40.
Every garden, large or small, benefits from artful focal points that create contrast and architectural interest. Clay Lighted Globes are made of colorful polymer clay molded over glass, are powered by three AA batteries and be used in covered outdoor spaces. In two sizes—$35- $45. Or set of 2—$69.
With home-grown food, there’s no question about the conditions in which it was grown or what chemicals were used. Plus, nothing tastes quite as good. No matter how small your outdoor space is, smartly designed products like these can help you garden on and enjoy the harvest that’s to come.