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Gardens can be as small as a single potted plant or a small outdoor planter

Do you want to try your hand at growing flowers or vegetables but live in an apartment or have a small landscaped yard? Beginner gardeners often start with one or two potted plants or a packet of seeds. Each growing location has a different microclimate and finding the right plants for the space requires a little trial and error. There are garden experts and educators who are ready and willing to assist with choosing plants for your location, time of year and interest.

Small gardeners like small gardens
Judy Holly

Some seeds that can be planted in June and July as a beginning trial planting in pots or small protected spots are: marigolds, gazania, zinnia, sunflowers, melons, squash, cucumbers, peppers and tomatoes. Choose dwarf or compact varieties for small gardens. Beans can be planted again at the end of July.

Good drainage and frequent watering are needed for potted plants outdoors in the summer. Direct sun on the pot can burn the roots and dry out the soil very quickly. Most flower and vegetable plants need at least 6 hours of sunlight to develop properly. Shade loving ornamentals are best grown indoors with indirect sunlight and need less frequent watering. Once a week watering with good quality or filtered water is best for indoor potted plants.

The Clark County Cooperative Extension service is scheduling classes for urban gardeners with small garden spaces. The monthly series covers different subjects as they relate to limited garden spaces.

The next class is June 28, 2014 from 8 am to noon. The subject is Organic Gardening in small spaces. The class will be held at the Lifelong Learning Center located at 8050 Paradise Rd., Las Vegas, 89123. You may contact Elaine Fagan, 702-257-5573, fagine@unce.unr.edu for more information.

Next month the class will be held July 19, 2014 from 8 am to noon. The subject is gardening in small places: soil. It will be held at the Lifelong Learning Center and you may contact Elaine Fagan for more information.

Angela O’Callaghan is presenting a program to teach southern Nevada residents how to improve their urban landscapes while conserving natural resources through classes such as Growing in Small Places and Composting in Small Places and assisting local residents to develop community gardens. At the Lifelong Learning Center June 28, 2014 from 8 am to noon. You may contact Angela O’Callaghan at 702-257-5581 ocallaghana@unce.unr.edu

See special publication 13-07 by A. O’Callaghan, E. Fagin and ML Robinson ‘Creating a Community Garden’ for those who are interested in community gardens.