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LH 04: Growing Food in Small Spaces

Welcome to Episode #04 of the Living Homegrown Podcast!

So many followers of this website want to grow food but feel held back by their lack of garden space.

Well, fear not!

In this episode, I interview author Andrea Bellamy on easy ways to grow food when you have little to no garden space.

But her tips and suggestions apply to all of us who want to grow fresh, delicious food.

And wait until you hear about her rebellious wheat growing project!

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Why you should consider growing food – even if you have NO space
  • The secrets of beet greens, carrot tops & radish pods
  • Deciding what to grow (plus a few of our favorites)
  • That YES, you can grow food if you only have semi-shade
  • Where to find free garden space – legally (even if you don’t own it)
  • Guerrilla gardening (gardening illegally)
  • Growing wheat when you have NO land

What I love about Andrea is that she has gumption. She also has a quick wit and the smarts to grow just about anything – anywhere.

I’ve been a fan of Andrea for years and am honored to share her wisdom with you in this podcast.

Growing Wheat - LivingHomegrown.com

Andrea in her wheat field

Resources & Links Mentioned:

Growing Wheat - LivingHomegrown.com PodcastAndrea’s Wheat Project:

NOTE: More wheat growing info to come! My family is currently embarking on our second wheat growing adventure which will be documented on the blog soon.

You can find Andrea on Twitter and Facebook

Andrea’s Book:

Growing Food in a Small Space - LivingHomegrown.com

I bought an extra copy of Andrea’s book, Small-Space Vegetable Gardens to give away. (The giveaway is closed)

It covers how to plan and build your garden, as well as growing and harvest info on an abundance of fresh fruits and veggies. (No wheat growing – that was just for the podcast.)

The tips and info apply to ALL gardeners. But it would also make a GREAT gift for a newbie homeowner or apartment dweller.

To enter to win, just leave a comment below and tell me something you are excited to grow this year. (It can be something new or a regular favorite.)

The giveaway is closed: The winner is Stacia!

Thank you for all of your great comments.

Here are the details:

  • Only leave ONE comment per person
  • Comment before midnight May 7, 2015. (PST)
  • Any comments after that time will not be counted toward drawing.
  • I will randomly pick a winner from the comments and send that person an email letting them know. (Be sure that your email is correct when you fill out the comment form)
  • I will also post the winner to this page on May 8th.
  • You must live in the United States or Canada to win. (Sorry)
  • If I do not hear from the winner within 5 days, a new winner will be picked and announced.

About This Podcast Series:

Check out podcast Episode 00 to get:

  • The whole scoop on what this podcast series is all about
  • My background, experience & training
  • What to expect going forward

It’s like an audio “about” page for the podcast.

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Transcript:

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About the Author:

Theresa Loe is the founder of Living Homegrown® and the Canning Academy® and is the Co-Executive Producer & Canning Expert on the national PBS gardening series, Growing A Greener World®. Theresa homesteads on just 1/10th of an acre in Los Angeles with her husband, two teenage boys and several disorderly but totally adorable chickens. Learn more about Living Homegrown here and about the Canning Academy here.

59 Comments:

  • Cheryl says:

    Great podcast. Great book. I like to ” review ” books from the library to decide if I should buy. This is on the ” must buy list “. Nice to ” hear ” that yes, you can do this, even in small spaces. I love trying new greens. For years all we bought from the store was romaine. Salads are now extra yummy with all the new greens we have tried.

  • Crystal says:

    We just moved from the city to a rural area in a different state. I am so excited to plant more varieties of hot peppers for my chili and to be able to put up pickled jalapeños!

  • Sheri says:

    I’m in

  • MsMary says:

    I’m SUPER excited to start working in my garden this year. Last year I experimented with growing vegetables in containers which took over my back patio area (12’x8′). I enjoyed it so much that I took the plunge and built five 4×8 raised beds during the fall. I’m hoping to grow enough food to do some canning.

  • Shalini says:

    Thanks for this wonderful interview. I write to you from Singapore, we’re growing delicious passion fruit, calamasi (local lime), some sweet potato, curry leaves, Indian borage, Rosemary, thyme and the most delicious Rajah (king of) Bananas. I want to grow so much more but the tropical climate is quite hard to grow some things. Would love a copy of Andreas book as I am also keen to learn how best to work with small spaces. I am keen to help inspire others to grow in small spaces as here there is very little land as most people live in apartments.

  • Shalini says:

    I also have a question did you and Andrea grow Einkorn or some other traditional wheat variety?

    • theresa says:

      I will ask Andrea what wheat variety she grew. I’ll have to pull out my records this weekend to see if I can remember exactly which one I grew. Hopefully I will have an answer for you soon!

    • Hi Shalini,

      I grew hard red spring wheat. It was delicious 🙂

  • Swarna says:

    Hi, I was referred to your site by a friend. Living in an apartment, I always wondered how to grow food. Your site is an inspiration and also hope. Hope can get hold of your book to understand more.

  • Shane T. says:

    Growing several varieties of Datura this year along with the usual veggies, in raised beds and pots!

  • Ruth says:

    We are excited about growing raspberries!

  • Patti says:

    As I’m getting older, my gardens are getting smaller. This book will help me accomplish my goal of Small Space Gardening !
    I Love Garden to Table !
    My canning, dehydrating and freezing veggies are bought from a local Amish Farmer. The prices are so reasonable that planting, tending, watering, etc. are no longer in the plans.
    Thank You for the opportunity to win this wonderful book !

  • Joni Cleaver says:

    We just moved to a new home with a backyard, I am looking forward to organic sun ripened tomatoes!

  • Machelle H says:

    I am excited to grow pickling cucumbers. I have started fermenting vegetables, and want to make fermented pickles.

  • Alex says:

    Listening from China, and we always are on the lookout for ways to eat healthier food. This year we started a garden on our tiny balcony, but I’ll surely be using the tips from this podcast to improve it for next season! Thanks!

  • Gloria S. says:

    I really enjoyed this interview. I recently learned I love Chard, and would like to grow it. Also, since my yard is VERY shaded, I appreciate the idea of containers on the driveway.

  • Dorothy Clay says:

    I’m In

  • Lea says:

    This is my favorite gardening blog. THANKYOU!!!!!

  • Sara says:

    I’m excited to grow tomatoes this year. I’ve had some trouble with them and took a year of last summer (and hated it), so I’m extra excited about growing them this year.

  • Rebecca Loach says:

    We live in a small city in a subdivision but have a small garden on one side of the house. My husband removed most of the shrubbery and has planted berry bushes in their place. He recently planted a plum tree and we look forward to the fruit in a couple of years.

  • Maria W. says:

    I am excited to learn about small space gardening. This is my first attempt at gardening, and I grew my starts from seed. I have several different types of lettuce, carrots, spinach, cucumber, cilantro, radishes, pole and bush beans, sugar snap peas, yellow and green zucchini, and delicata squash.

  • Mandy says:

    We are trying square-foot on a patio this year. And in one we have planted 3 sister’s. Corn is the new vegetable. Would love to have a book to help.

  • Laurie says:

    Still trying/hoping for warm weather crops (tomatoes, peppers, okra). A bit insane as we are Zone 3 and higher altitude by mountains (snow any time of the year). All new ideas welcome!

  • Renee Beaulieu says:

    Looking forward to sugar snap peas this year — forgot to plant them last year and missed them. The taste/texture are so different in a fresh-picked pod. We had snow forever this winter, so the peas went in a month late, but I’m keeping my fingers crossed for a good season!

  • Lola says:

    I have been growing herbs, lettuce and greens in my flower beds among the flowers.

  • Diane H says:

    I love the new podcast. I have #4 to listen to tomorrow. I am recently retired and getting my garden planted for this season. Always looking for new ideas on how to grow more in the few raised beds that I have. Keep it coming!

  • Tammie says:

    I am looking forward to my Garden this year and continue to learn and try new things, your blog has given me so much information as well as helped resolve some issues I have had in the past.
    Thank you.

  • Barbara D says:

    My husband has never shown any interest in my vegetable gardening. Last fall he mentioned….can you grow corn? Can I grow corn?!? Watch me! I have a new section of “dirt” which I am prepping to plant corn. Start boiling the water and get out the butter!

  • Terry says:

    mulberries and aprium are fruiting for the first time – also hopeful about passion fruit. Loving Calomondin in salads right now.

  • Denise says:

    I live in an apartment and have tried a little growing on my balcony. I have had success with rosemary and basil. Last year I tried tomatoes and they got little white bugs on them. I couldn’t get rid of them and finally just pulled them out. I was so sad. I think I would like to try some lettuces Nd other greens.

  • Corey says:

    I have a small container garden on my apartment balcony. In the past I have grown mostly herbs, flowers and a tomato plant. This year I am hoping to grow more! I’m off to the nursery today to see what I can get.

    Also, I’m really looking forward to making yogurt on my counter. Thanks for the podcast!!

  • Christina says:

    I’m a new canner, so I’m now inspired to start growing my own produce for canning. I have a new herb garden started and planted two dwarf blueberry shrubs this weekend following your informative posts on how to grow blueberries in containers (Thanks!). I’m impatiently awaiting our new community garden to be tilled so I can plant tomatoes, onions, peppers, and cucumbers.

  • Lorrie McGiveron says:

    I’m in!!! Thanks so much for sharing how to garden in small spaces!!!

  • Darlene says:

    I like everything about your site and I am planning to try at growing spaghetti squash this year. I hope it works because I like the squash. Glad you are doing better with you health. You have so much to offer the world. God bless.

  • Rachel says:

    Just got a chance to listen to all your podcasts and now I’m motivated to plant even more, make yogurt, and use up my canned jams in salad dressings. Loving the content and would love a chance to win Andrea’s book!

  • Stacia says:

    I’m excited to try container growing tomatoes and cucumbers for the first time. I’m also planting sunflower seeds for the first time. I’m hoping they provide a little bit of privacy on my apartment patio. Thanks for the great episode!

  • Becky J says:

    I am excited to grow a variety of cutting flowers this year in the hopes that our youngest can have a little road-side stand or at the very least we can share some sunshine with those around us! 🙂 Thanks for the giveaway-the book looks great!!

  • Deborah West says:

    I am excited about growing! Herbs, tomatoes, bush beans, gourds, cucumbers and peppers. I sowed several types of herb and veggie seeds yesterday as well as took soft wood cuttings of Vibernum and Oak leaf Hydrangea to propagate. I love starting my day listening to your podcast. Thank you!

  • Kate Rhodes says:

    We love growing and using fresh jalapeños, and we love pickling them and using them in our homemade salsa! Love the podcast : )

  • Jenny says:

    Duel peas are my girls favorites. They just go out to munch on them. We also grew cabbage for the first time last year and made our own kraut. Amazing!

  • Linda says:

    I’m so excited. This year I’m growing from seed!!! I bought Heirloom, Non-GMO, Organic veggies seeds. I went a little crazy and bought too much, but that’s OK. I’ll find room for them all!!! lol

  • Cressa Huotari says:

    Can’t wait for the first fresh pick kids’ snacks! Sugar snap peas, green/purple beans & cherry tomatoes are my kids’ favorites!

  • Modern Mia says:

    We’re growing 2 new varieties of squash, zucchini, and cucumbers this year in hopes of outsmarting the squash vine borers.

  • Karma says:

    I’m growing herbs this year on my patio. I have the basics of Rosemary, thyme, parsley, chives, and mint. I’d love to find some lemon balm and lemon verbena. I’d also like to grow some summer savory and tarragon.

  • Kim Anger says:

    I’m in! And two words…Romanesco Broccoli!

  • Laura says:

    Sprouting broccoli is new for me this year.

  • Daniel says:

    I’m most excited about my hops. Two varieties that I hope will make our house a little prettier. May have planted my toms and peppers too early. Some cold spring evenings in North Carolina!

  • V. Maier says:

    Appreciate such good information as we are downsizing after over 30 years in a great place and this will help with the challenges of the new space. Thanks!

  • Dan Taylor says:

    We love growing beans, peppers and tomatoes. Hoping to branch out a little this year. Never have much luck with cukes in our container gardens, though. Will definitely be looking for the book. If I don’t win, that is!

  • Wheat! Wanting to learn more!

  • Clare says:

    I’m in.

  • Michelle says:

    I am very excited that I am growing Luther Burbank Barley this year. I am also growing several other grains for the first time.

  • Elsie Fetzer says:

    I’m an 80 year old gardener living in an independent senior apt, love gardening but need help with my small garden plot and planting for my love of bees.

  • vanessa pabon says:

    I’ve been working on my small space garden for two years now..I work in the landscape/tree industry in the office and i’ve picked up different things from industry professionals. Would love to get to read a book geared to one of my fave things to do gardening and add more tips. I’ve gone to places like the peconic herb garden in NY to local nurseries. This year growing snow peas, tomatoes, eggplant, cucumber, rosemary oregano and mint came back, onions and peppers.

  • Gary Barclay says:

    Just about to plant in my neighbourhood community garden. Basil is high on the list!

  • Cheri Ham says:

    We usually grow tomatoes, peppers, peas, summer squash, and green onions in our raised garden beds. I’m looking forward to adding mixed greens, chard, romanesco, and butternut squash.

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