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8 surprising places to grow edible plants such as fruits, vegetables and herbs in the living and garden areas

If your home doesn’t have much traditional space for edible plants to grow, there are some alternative growing locations available. These range from vegetable beds in the front yard to growing your own on your balcony to edible living walls. So the wealth of creative ideas below can help you grow more fruits, vegetables and herbs almost anywhere. Discover some great examples and let them inspire your future garden. These will also help you squeeze in just a few more herbs or tomato plants during the current season.

The front garden as a possible growing space for edible plants

corten steel planters arranged vertically on a house wall between a flower bed and a pathway

Although the idea is growing in popularity, front gardens are still not the first place amateur gardeners consider when growing vegetables. However, depending on the orientation of your home, these garden areas can provide a sunny growing area where edible plants can thrive.

enrich front garden with edible plants like salads and herbs and use the potential of garden beds

So take advantage of a sunny or sloping front yard to plant a terraced edible garden full of peas, lettuce and other crisp greens. However, before planting, check with the garden center to find out which varieties are best suited for your area.

Grow diverse plant varieties or herbs next to benches

use benches in modern backyard as beds for edible plants like lettuce and save space

A bench at the back of a patio, for example, can function as a double raised bed. This provides an additional space for planting quite a few aromatic herbs or small vegetables.

detachable bench in the garden as a space-saving option for growing edibles and fresh salads


In addition, there are edible plants that the owner can grow there to provide both a visual and practical optimization of his outdoor space. In addition, removable or floating benches can also be swapped in and out of the raised bed as needed.

Privacy wall in the garden as a possible area for edible plants.

enjoy a screen wall made of wooden boards with strawberries as edible plants outside

Planted privacy walls can also serve a dual purpose in the garden. For example, you can fill the angled wooden boards with soil to create pockets for edible plants like strawberries. This will give you an attractive garden screen as well as a space-saving planter box at the same time. Harvesting will be just as easy, as the berries are positioned to dangle over the boards.

plan herb garden in unexpected growing places in the garden area and benefit from rich harvests


You could also still use multiple strawberry towers to screen a shed in a sunny side yard, or one tower to divide a narrow balcony into two seating areas. In addition, a see-through canopy can be used to create a suitable environment for growing lettuce and other tender greens.

Wall-mounted mini gardens indoors

wall-mounted containers for herbs or edible plants in the living area save counter space

Wall-mounted containers offer another creative option. These can be the perfect place to grow edible plants like herbs if you have an interior wall that receives at least four hours of bright sunlight. In addition, such fancy planters mounted on a brightly lit wall can keep the lower surface of the counter clear. The growing space is deep enough to support shallow-rooted edibles like strawberries and annual herbs like chives, parsley and basil.

Create living wall for edible plants

living wall of plants as outdoor kitchen garden and create beautiful backdrop for bar

The improvised kitchen garden can be a feast for the eyes and a delight for the plate. Green walls overflowing with lettuce and edible greens, combined with built-in planters of citrus trees and culinary herbs, can provide ample ingredients for a backyard feast. However, installing and maintaining a large living wall is unrealistic for most homeowners. Therefore, it’s best to use vertical space to your advantage when planning an edible garden. Try planting a smaller living wall with seasonal herbs, or plant a vine or kiwi vine to cover a sunny vertical surface.

Plant a balcony garden with crisp vegetables.

balcony garden with flower boxes for growing tomatoes in summer on a balcony in town

Don’t let a narrow outdoor space keep you from growing edibles. A full-sun balcony can be lovingly planted with a variety of vegetables. Make the area full of lettuce, tomatoes, celery, basil, radishes, strawberries, peppers, mint and other herbs. Whether the space is long and narrow, the balcony in the city provides ample opportunities for growing plants. For example, you can water the planters with a water trough under the ground, so you do not have to be constantly busy. This will allow you to calmly go to work without having to worry about watering.

Convert flower boxes and grow edible plants.

salads grown on a sunny roof in flower boxes practical and space-saving for hobby gardeners

A window box filled to the brim with ruffled lettuces in shades of green and bronze can be just as pretty as a planter filled with flowers. In addition, shallow-rooted lettuces can be grown in them, saving space on small balconies and porches for plants with larger roots, such as tomatoes or eggplants.

grow strawberries as edible plants on balcony railings and grow them in recycled screens

Although these do better in large containers, they are also suitable for such gardening. Green beans are another example that can grow healthily in window boxes mounted on railings. However, given their shallow soil reservoirs, flower boxes can dry out quickly. Therefore, it’s best to set up drip irrigation or stick to a daily schedule of manual watering.

Add edibles to a side garden

in small inner courtyard with grill modern positioned side garden for edible plants intended for direct harvesting

Often overlooked areas like side gardens can provide additional growing space for edibles, as long as they receive full sun. In such a suburban garden, for example, planting pockets next to a side yard walkway can be used to grow cherry tomatoes on attractive metal trellises.