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5 Tips for Getting the Most Out of a Small Edible Garden (6 photos)

1. Add a raised bed. Good soil is key to the success of your edible garden. Small gardens, especially ones in cities, often don’t have the luxury of a lot of soil. And if soil even exists, it’s hard to ensure that it’s of good quality for growing edibles — that’s true for gardens of all sizes.

Raised beds can give your edibles a leg up since you can fill them with high-quality soil. Additionally, “they can rest on paved surfaces, have better drainage, catch more sun and are easier to tend,” Pember says. With the variety of raised bed options available, they also can do a lot to enhance your garden’s aesthetic.

Pots and other containers are useful for growing many fruits and vegetables, especially if you have only a few square feet of outdoor space. But raised beds, with their high soil volume, make it even easier to create a thriving edible garden.

Size tip: While raised beds can be as long or short as you like, try to keep them narrow enough (say, 3 to 4 feet) so that you can easily reach the center of the bed from the side.

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