Urban Gardening: A Little Space Goes a Long Way

While it’s too late in the growing season to begin a new garden, I wanted to encourage you to begin dreaming and preparing for next year. Two years ago I started a medical herb garden in my front yard which is the only sunny spot I have. (A huge oak tree shades the backyard.) There were already some plants that were established in this space including lavender, bee balm, yarrow and roses. I made the bed a little wider and have been adding to it for the past two growing seasons. This is the result!


My small garden contains medicinal herbs, bee-friendly flowers and a few perennials that add color during various seasons. Believe it or not, here’s the list of what’s growing in this small plot of land:

Anise Hyssop, Bee Balm, Black Eyed Susan, Calendula, Chamomile, Feverfew, Lemon Balm, Lemon Verbena, Knockout Roses, Peppermint, Phlox, Queen Anne’s Lace, Rosemary, Rue, Salvia, White Sage, Wild Bergamot (Monarda), and Yarrow!


Most of these are perennials so they will come back year after year. Now that this garden is established, it will take only a small amount of money to keep it going in terms of compost, a few new plants, etc.

My gratitude overflows and the yield of medicinal herbs out of this little space is quite amazing! I can’t believe how far its come in such a short time. I love working in this space. It’s a place of peace and joy for me.

So, perhaps you’ve had a dream of planting a garden, medicinal or otherwise, but have been hesitant because of space, cost, etc. I encourage you to GO FOR IT! You can create a beautiful and magical space in less time than you think!

Copyright ©2018 by David Talieisn, http://www.sabbatsandsabbaths.com

About David Taliesin

My name is David Taliesin. I'm an writer, teacher and retreat leader who explores the connections between Christian and Pagan Spirituality. E-mail me with any personal comments you'd like to share and I will do my best to answer them. You can also contact me through my Facebook page www.facebook.com/davidtaliesinauthor
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