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5 Exotic Vegetables to Grow in Small Spaces

People living in small spaces should not forego fresh vegetables due to lack of growing space. There are several ways to grow vegetables. You can have containers of all shapes and sizes on a small patio or porch. This way you can watch them sprout and grow. A mobile garden planter box is one where you can control the sunshine and area you use. A vertical garden fence with pouches that you can plant quickly producing vegetables in for salads or herbs is a great option also.

The usual cucumbers, tomatoes and lettuce are great options but why not try some different ones that are easy to grown and do not take much space. Here are five you might like to try:

1. Watercress- A tasty and uniquely flavored herb that grows wild in some areas. Great on sandwiches and in salads. You will want to start seeds inside in water and then pick a shady place to plant them outdoors. Water them early in the morning or in the evening. These are tasty in salads and soups.

2. Celtuce- If you like celery and lettuce you'll love this plant from China. You can eat the stalks and leaves. Start seeds indoors or out in a moist and warm spot keeping the soil damp. It will thrive in full to partial sun. This one is a fast grower and is great in salads. 

3. Ornamentals- These are a great idea for small spaces. An ornamental is a pretty option while it can also be picked and used for salads or in a stir fry. Spread seeds thinly and, instead of in a row, broadcast over an area. It only needs a fine layer of soil and to be kept moist. Comes in cabbage and kale varieties.

4. Yardlong bean pods-- These green bean pods are also known as Chinese long beans. They actually grow to about a half a yard long. These tasty pods grow fast and are great in stir fry recipes. These are a good source of vitamins a, c, and fiber.

5. Chinese broccoli or kale- This is a leafy green vegetable usually used in Cantonese cooking. It is delicious in salads and can also be served like broccoli in a number of dishes. This is a hybrid vegetable also called broccolini or kai-lan. It is a good source of potassium and fiber.

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  1. Support
    Support
    Inspired summer fun! Thanks Eve-- we're posting now to our Pinterest board "Organic Gardening". Happy blogging!
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    1. Eve Sherrill York
      Eve Sherrill York
      Thank you for your support.
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  2. Veganara
    Veganara
    Voted! Great ideas.
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    1. Eve Sherrill York
      Eve Sherrill York
      Thank you so much!
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  3. Julie Sinclair
    Julie Sinclair
    Voted what a fantastic way to plant.
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    1. Eve Sherrill York
      Eve Sherrill York
      Always a way even if you don't have much room.
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  4. Ann
    Ann
    I need more room in my garden. Great idea. Voted
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    1. Eve Sherrill York
      Eve Sherrill York
      Good! Thanks, Ann.
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  5. Sarah Johnston
    Sarah Johnston
    How cute. Voted
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    1. Eve Sherrill York
      Eve Sherrill York
      Wish I had seen this back when I had room for something like this. Even had a carpenter husband who could have built it for me. :)
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  6. Rainbow Plant Based Cook
    Rainbow Plant Based Cook
    Vote #10.... Thanks Eve for adding comments concerning the sunlight requirements of the plants. My yard receives direct sunlight most of the day and I have learned to read tags at the nursery before purchasing!
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    1. Eve Sherrill York
      Eve Sherrill York
      That's also why I added several different types of planter options. The mobile one has casters and you can chase the sun. LOL. There are also some great sites online that give you sun info too.
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      1. Rainbow Plant Based Cook
        Rainbow Plant Based Cook
        I have not tried to grow vegetables at my current location, but have found begonias, marigolds, roses and palms grow well.
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        1. Eve Sherrill York
          Eve Sherrill York
          I think we all have things we can grow. It's just trying different things.
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  7. mirandapanda23
    #11 oddball ;P
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    1. Eve Sherrill York
      Eve Sherrill York
      Thank you Mandy Pandy. LOL
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  8. tzigane
    Hope 13 is a lucky number. :)
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    1. Eve Sherrill York
      Eve Sherrill York
      It always have been for me. Remember Lucky 13?
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  9. Pointlessquestions
    You have several good ideas. I'm yin king a quash and bridles sprouts.
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    1. Eve Sherrill York
      Eve Sherrill York
      Good. Not sure about the last part. So you do grow some?
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      1. Pointlessquestions
        I haven't done it. I'm not good enough to even try. I kill everything I try. I heard you can grow anything. A friend of ,one htkws potatoes, pepper, squash and cucumbers in a porch garden.
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        1. Eve Sherrill York
          Eve Sherrill York
          Some things are easier to grow than others.
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  10. nascarangel
    #15
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    1. Eve Sherrill York
      Eve Sherrill York
      Thank you so much!
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  11. RAC
    RAC
    Thanks for the info!
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    1. Eve Sherrill York
      Eve Sherrill York
      You are so welcome!
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    2. Eve Sherrill York
      Eve Sherrill York
      You are so welcome!
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