I'm planting my first garden in the city. I'm limited on space, it’s a space about 6' by 9'. I may have been a little bit too eager and I went out and bought a ton of plants (list below). As I was digging up the space where I was to plant I realized that the construction crew that built/renovated the house years ago dumped a ton of bricks, cement and cinder blocks in the area. It took me about 5 hours of hardcore labor today to get them out. Do you think I should test the PH of my dirt since there was all that rubble in it? I hope the trash trucks can lift my cans in the alley (is it legal to dump construction waste in the trash cans?)
As I'm nursing my blisters, I wanted to share the beginning of my project and I’m certainly open to anyone’s tips on gardening in the city.
Specifically I’m wondering if anyone has tips on Intercropping which I read the definition as “Intercropping is the growing technique of planting fast growing vegetables among slow growing vegetables. An example of this technique would be planting radishes, lettuce or green onions among caged tomato plants.”
I have another small space if my quest is impossible and also about 5 or 6 fairly large pots I can plant in too but would hope to try to fit most in my garden space if I can with the exception of the shizo which I’ll probably plant elsewhere in the yard since I heard it’s basically a weed and will grow anywhere. The things I sprouted from seed are very abundant and I probably don’t need to plant them all. I guess any suggestions on how many to plant would be appreciated too. Also I’ll say how tall they are in case anyone has a suggestion of when to put them outside in the garden exposed to the weather.
Thanks for any suggestions on how, where, or when to plant them.
Anyhow, here is what I have:
15 to 20 - shizo (aka. perilla, aka. beefsteak plant) plants which I sprouted from seeds which are about 1 inch tall (anyone want one?)
10 to 15 - tomato plants which are now about 1.5 inches tall which I sprouted from seeds too.
10 to 15 – ??? ok sorry, this is an unknown lettuce leaf that I got from chicago food corp with the shizo, looks like it grows similar to collards, not in a head like head letuce.
1 – Cayenne pepper plant (about 4 inches tall)
1 - jalapeno plant (about 6 inches tall)
9 – Collard Greens Plants (few inches tall)
9 Brussel Sprouts plants (few inches tall)
I have seed packages of the following: 1 package - Lima beans
1 package - Beets
1 package - Scallions
Wow, writing out this list makes me realize that this is never going to happen in my garden space. I guess I’ll figure something out.
I’ll keep everyone updated with pics once I get them planted.