Karen shows that you can grow what you eat, even if there’s no space for a garden at home.
If you drive around the employee parking lot at our Burlington, VT, offices, you’ll notice a potted pepper, placed on the pavement, just behind a gold car. It’s there Monday through Friday, basking in the sun, always behind the same car.
Ask around and you’ll find out that the plant belongs to Karen, who works in our customer contact center. She doesn’t have a suitable place for a vegetable garden at home, but she’s found a way to garden anyway. Her garden commutes with her each day, safe in the back seat of her car.
Knowing that peppers love sun and heat, and that there’s usually plenty of that in the parking lot here at Gardener’s Supply, Karen bought a pepper plant and a bright green pot. The pot is light enough for her to lift, and can be nested inside another pot for the commute. When she arrives for work, she takes the pot out of the back seat and places it behind her car, where it spends the next 8 hours basking in the sun. As the only plant in Karen’s garden, it gets lots of attention — and is already setting fruit.
So, if you think you don’t have space for a garden, think again.
Another example of asphalt gardening: This raised bed sits on the parking lot in front of our Burlington store. So far, the harvest has been bountiful.