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15 Plants And Vegetables You Can Grow Even If You Don't Have A Big Yard

Succulents are truly a gift.

Want to garden but don't have a huge yard? Have a green thumb, but only a tiny balcony? No problem! Here are 15 plants and vegetables you can grow even if you're short on outdoor space:

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1. Blue fescue

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This grass may look like a handful, but it's easily kept in containers and rarely grows more than 12 inches tall. It's the perfect pop of color!

2. Lettuce

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Why trek all the way to the store when you can grow your very own leafy green lettuce at home?

3. Bell peppers

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Since these tend to grow upward instead of outward, they don't require a ton of space! You can easily grow them in pots on your patio. Toss them into salads, stir-fries, and lots more!

4. Thyme

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There are several varieties of this little herb, but ornamental thyme only grows up to 2 to 3 inches. It doesn't even require full sunlight!

5. Candytuft

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These snowy flowers are the perfect way to welcome spring! They're relatively low-maintenance and only grow about 6 to 8 inches tall.

6. Onions

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Am I crying or is someone just chopping onions?! Believe it or not, these delicious veggies don't need a whole lot of space. Throw them in salads, tacos, stir fries, or add them on top of burgers.

7. Creeping Jenny

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Don't let this name deter you! These tiny flowers can easily thrive in window boxes, pots, and hanging baskets. They make the perfect balcony decoration.

8. Bok choy

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Another helpful thing to keep in the kitchen, bok choy requires a lot of water and a healthy amount of sunlight, but not too much space!

9. Sedums

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These are one of the most popular patio plants for a reason! All they really need to thrive is sunlight and a bit of water. Basically the plant equivalent of the pet rock!

10. Scallions

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These guys are so little that they can even be grown in mason jars on your windowsill! They make for a great delicious addition to soups and stir-fry.

11. Hens and chicks

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These adorable succulents only grow up to 1 to 2 inches, and can easily thrive in window boxes and hanging baskets.

12. Ajuga

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These little plants come in a variety of colors and only grow up to about 6 inches in height.

13. Radishes

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These don't require much space and only take about 45 days to harvest!

14. Armeria

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This little flower can withstand cold, wind, and all sorts of conditions. All it asks for is some sunlight, well-drained soil, and room to grow 6 to 8 inches tall.

15. And finally, tomatoes

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That's right, you can even grow cherry and grape tomatoes on your patio! You'll be making your own ketchup in no time.

No space? No problem!

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With a small yard or patio, you can grow beautiful plants and be just as happy as this guy!

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