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Small Spots For Planting

(credit: Phran Novelli)

(credit: Phran Novelli)

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By Phran Novelli

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) - If you think you can’t really grow anything because you don’t have a garden or a yard, look around, maybe there’s a space where you could plant a little something after all – like beside a sign, in a patch by the sidewalk, or up a pole?

If the ground’s too hard to dig into, perhaps you can put a pot there, or surround the spot with some stones, or other edging to hold enough soil for a few annuals, a quick climber like a sweet potato vine or morning glories; or plant a perennial such as our native honeysuckle (Lonicera sempervirens); or as you’ll often see, a clematis winding up a mailbox post or telephone pole.

In less than a square foot, you may be surprised to find how much you can plant – and how happy it makes people. Particularly in an unexpected or neglected spot by the street, putting a few flowers in the ground is really like planting a little happiness for everyone to enjoy everyday. And with just a few minutes of effort, you’ll be making a lot of passers-by smile all summer.

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