Often people with limited or no acreage forgo planting a vegetable garden. This need not be the case, since many vegetable varieties can be planted in small spaces. Using proper cultural practices can also reduce the amount of space you need to grow your own vegetables.Tomatoes top of the list of Southerners’ favorite fruits, even though they are often referred to as vegetables. Many people think they need a lot of space to grow tomatoes. Certain types of tomatoes don’t need much space to grow. Often, size differences in tomato plants are distinguished by two terms: indeterminate and determinate.Indeterminate tomatoes grow and set flowers and fruit throughout the growing season. Determinate tomatoes grow to a certain size before they produce flowers and fruit. Strongly determinate tomatoes are often called patio tomatoes because they can grow in a pot on a patio or terrace. Some of these varieties will only grow 1 to 2 feet tall.Buy compact varietiesWatermelon and cantaloupe usually require a lot of space to grow. The vining nature of these plants will quickly cover precious garden real estate. Fortunately, both are available in “dwarf” varieties. These varieties require less room to grow so are perfect for small garden plots. Often these dwarf varieties are called bush or short internode types. The vines of these varieties don’t elongate like typical watermelon or cantaloupe varieties. With proper care and water, they will produce fruit the same size as standard or long internode types in a smaller amount of space.Beans and southern peas are also available in varieties that are bush types rather than vining types. They require less space and offer excellent yields.Grow plants up, not overWhen planting in a small space, another alternative for vining crops like cantaloupe and cucumber is to grow vertically. These vining crops can be trained on a trellis or wire frame. Use a cloth or net sling to support fruit on these plants. Cantaloupe, particularly, will slip from the vine when ripe and may be damaged if they are not supported while growing on a trellis.Of course, many vegetables can grow in small spaces without resorting to planting special varieties or using special cultural practices. These include lettuce, mustard, onions, radish and spinach. Any leaf vegetables, such as collards and kale, can also be grown in small spaces. The immature leaves are harvested before the plants become very large.For more tips on growing vegetable gardens in small spaces, call your local University of Georgia Cooperative Extension office at 1-800-ASK-UGA1.
Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on April 18, 2013 at 12:27 am Contact Jesse: [email protected] | @dougherty_jesse With three balls, two strikes and two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning with the score tied, Corinne Ozanne stood 60 feet from a Syracuse victory.Representing the winning run, Ozanne needed something from Danielle Chitkowski. After Chitkowski watched ball four sail well off of the outside corner, Ozanne slowly trotted down the third-base line and clinched an Orange win, tapping her right foot on home plate.Syracuse streamed out of the third-base dugout to celebrate the 3-2 walk-off win. Ozanne was embraced by her teammates, Morgan Nandin and Jasmine Watson exchanged a celebratory hug, and Leigh Ross beckoned her team to line up and shake hands.But lost in the euphoria of the exciting win was senior pitcher Stacy Kuwik, Syracuse’s workhorse and hero on the day.Syracuse (16-22, 4-7 Big East) took both games of a doubleheader against Villanova (15-22, 2-11) at SU Softball Stadium on Wednesday afternoon. SU’s offense was unable to build its lead in a 1-0 win in game one, and missed many opportunities to put the Wildcats away in a 3-2 victory in game two. But despite a lack of offensive support, Kuwik leaned on the strength of her arm and the fielding behind her to steal the show.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I am so proud of her,” pitching coach Jenna Caira said. “Everybody has humps to get over, and today was huge for her.”After a dominant junior season, Kuwik has struggled since the start of conference play in 2013. With the absence of Lindsay Taylor, she has been called upon to throw a lot of innings, and has struggled to keep opponents off of the scoreboard.On Wednesday, Kuwik forgot about her struggles and focused. In 14 innings over two games, she gave up just two runs and commanded the confidence of a team itching to win its first home conference game.As each inning passed, Kuwik’s fastball grew stronger and her confident smile grew wider. Villanova third-base coach Gerry Mauro kept urging Wildcat hitters to find the right pitch to hit, but Kuwik wasn’t yielding anything over the plate. Her strong command allowed her to get quick outs, and she threw a total of 11 pitches in the third and fourth innings of game two.“You could see her smiling out there and having fun with her teammates,” Caira said. “I keep telling her to stop thinking so much and just pitch, and it turned into a fantastic job.”Yet Kuwik didn’t act alone.Up 1-0 in the top of the fourth of game one, Villanova’s Sierra McConnell slapped a ground ball to Nandin at shortstop. Nandin scooped it up, quickly fired the ball home and Ashley Dimon slapped the tag on Valerie Ortega to keep the Wildcats from tying the game.With the game tied at 2-2 in the top of the sixth in game two, the Orange defense delivered once again. McConnell hit another ground ball to Nandin, who faked to first then threw out pinch runner Danielle Lewandowski leaking off of third. One play later, Veronica Grant threw pinch runner Kera Pezzuti out at the plate after Julie Smith singled to center.“We had a good practice yesterday and have been taking a lot of fielding reps,” Nandin said. “Everyone made good decisions and we did our best for Stacy today.”After two dramatic outs, Kuwik took matters into her own hands. Center-fielder Shea Palmer swung and missed at her 1-2 offering, and Kuwik pumped her fist and briskly ran toward the dugout where an energized team awaited.“I love the feeling of getting the out myself,” Kuwik said. “It’s nice to have the girls playing well behind you, but striking a girl out is the best thing.“It was good to get some personal wins today, but I was just glad to be here for my team and help us win as a group.” Comments