Use small plants with small fruits yet BIG flavor in this 4 x 4-foot planting plan. The Grumpy Gardener, aka Steve Bender, takes inspiration from his garden gnome’s favorite tomato, the Sweet ‘n’ Neat. The design features gnome-sized plants—compact-growing and small-fruited tomatoes, peppers, basil and blueberries—for a nice, tidy, prolific garden that suits gardeners of all sizes.
The Finished Plan below shows the planted bed—the plants are pictured small to make the illustration simpler, but your bed will be spilling over as the plants grow! The second illustration shows two Color Coded Planting Areas. Look at the drop-down tabs to find planting instructions for each area.
Color Coded Planting Areas
Area 1 - Top Hat Dwarf Blueberry in a Pot »
Find this dwarf variety of blueberry at your local garden center and plant it in a container as a heightened focal point and centerpiece.
- 1 Top Hat Dwarf Blueberry
Area 2 - Sweet 'n' Neat Cherry Tomatoes (4)
Area 3 - Peppers »
This design plans for 4 pepper plants to stake. Choose two each from the following:
- 2 Yummy Snacking Peppers
- 2 Red Cherry Peppers
Area 4 - Boxwood Basil (4)