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Small Garden Space Solutions
by Livi Lou - posted 03/26/18

We dream of acres of garden space.  A blank canvas of land to paint our horticulture visions.  However, that is not a reality for most of us.  How best do we utilize the space given?  Each tomato, each berry and each leaf of lettuce becomes more precious to protect from furry and feathered foes.  You'll be pleasantly surprised to see how many tomatoes you can actually harvest from just one plant when you don't have to compete with deer and chipmunks. 

The Ultimate Crop-Cage™ is the solution to small spaces and ineffective netting.  Deer chew through netting, birds get caught in it and chipmunks squeeze under it.  The Ultimate Crop-Cage™  is made locally from powder-coated steel so that animals cannot chew through it or get caught in it.  It connects to the garden bed and it has a bottom grid to deter animals from squeezing through gaps or burrowing under it. 

To further enhance your small space garden, there are some great plant varieties that I recommend.  My favorite early season tomato is Fourth of July.  It produces 4oz tomatoes in an astonishing 49 days.  Also, most cherry tomatoes produce in the 45-55 day range.  Some other excellent early tomatoes are Early Girl and Celebrity (~65 days).

       

In regards to berries, there is an expanding list of dwarf varieties such as Raspberry Short Cake, Baby Cakes Blackberry and Jelly Bean Blueberry.  Some other dwarf blueberries varieties include: Blueberry Glaze, Peach Sorbet and Tophat. And don't forget about Wild Blueberries which grow as a 1-2ft matt.  This summer I will trialling dwarf blackberry vareities: Black Magic and Heaven Can Wait. 

The strawberry variety Mara de Bois is a french everbearing variety known for it's excellent sweet flavor.  For those who love lettuce--so much that they would like to harvest it throughout the summer--the Israeli variety Jericho can withstand the heat without becoming bitter. 

With The Ultimate Crop-Cage™ , these interesting vareities are within your reach--no matter the size of your garden!  What will you grow?

 

 

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