Gardening in Small Spaces

April 17, 2013 Updated Apr 17, 2013 at 8:14 AM EDT

By Jaclyn Asztalos

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April 17, 2013 Updated Apr 17, 2013 at 8:14 AM EDT

Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW) - It is the season to get down in the dirt, planting everything from beautiful flowers to delicious herbs.

"Now is the time to start getting ready because the temperatures are here. Get your seeds started," Home Depot Manager Rick Papke said.

What if you live in the City of Buffalo and don't have a lot of space? Pamela Tait-Kwiatkowski is with Neighborhood Housing Services of South Buffalo. It is a group that works to get people into city homes and keeps the area looking good. She said there are many alternatives to a spacious garden.

"Patio gardening, pot gardening, small gardens that wouldn't be much of an undertaking for most folks," Kwiatkowski said.

Papke said a lot of people are turning to smaller flowerbeds.

"The most popular thing right now raised bed garden and container gardening because of small spaces. Whether it is herbs or vegetables, it starts with the soil. Get good quality soil," Papke said.

Papke said you must put the plants in an area that receives just the right amount of light. He said some plants grow better than others in limited space.

"A lot of the small vegetables grow well in small spaces and most of the herbs. Some of the bigger vegetables like corn and pumpkin need to spread out. Probably not great container type of veggies," Papke said.

Kwiatowski said the NHS is hosting a workshop for people in South Buffalo this Saturday. She said this will not only satisfy every green thumb in the area but it is a step toward improving the community. She said that is the group's ultimate goal.

"I lived here my whole life. We want to keep the properties up and the neighborhoods stabilized. It's really important that we keep our area viable, keep the area growing and keep encouraging people to come and live in the city," Kwiatowski

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