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One Small Garden can help you change your world one small garden at a time. Let us help you go from zero to gardener in less than 3 hours. Our product line includes raised garden beds, garden tables, storage sheds and accessories for small-space gardening. Our garden and shed lot is located in Milford, Ohio.



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Composting in Small Spaces

Michelle Blades

An apple with bites taken out on gre

Why compost? 

Creating and using your own compost will add valuable nutrients to your soil so that your One Small Garden can thrive. Rather than just letting detritus go to the landfill or into our water supply via the disposal, we can make use of resources we have right at home. 

However, you may not have a large yard to create a big ol’ heap of happy microbes. But don’t let that stop you from composting in the small space you do have. You can accomplish a lot right in your own kitchen.

What should I compost?

For basic composting, you’ll want to use only plant-based materials in your collection.

Cracked eggshells sitting on grass.

Save your vegetable and fruit scraps and yard waste - they are a great place to start; but don’t overlook shredded and uncoated paper products and sawdust from untreated wood. A variation of plant materials in your compost can be beneficial as they all attract different microbes to break down the organic matter.

Be sure to stay away from animal products, however, as these things attract vermin, and that is not a shrew you want to tame! Meat, bones, dairy, or pet waste should be disposed of separately. 

One big exception to this rule is that you can use eggshells in your compost. The shells add calcium to your final compost which helps build strong cell walls in your fruits and vegetables. (Use the shells only - save that eggy goodness for that Denver omelette you’ve been craving!)

Kitchen counter top composting pale on wood table.

Where to start with small space composting?

Our Counter Top Compost Catcher fits neatly - you guessed it - on the counter, under a sink or even on a balcony, if you have one. This little work horse will hold all of your plant-based kitchen scraps and keep any decomposition odors at bay.

After you fill your compost container, you can empty the contents onto a larger pile that you are building outdoors. Even with a small yard, you can build a compost heap that will nurture your garden in the next growing season. 

You only need a 40” x 40” space to dump your kitchen compost and begin building some of the best soil amendments nature has to offer. To keep this compost contained, we suggest using our Two in One Composting Kit. (Remember how we suggested adding in some paper products? Worms love the adhesive in cardboard, and they do a lot of the heavy lifting in turning your scraps into nutrient dense soil. They will be naturally attracted to your outdoor pile, so give them something good to munch on!)

Hands holding nutrient dense soil.

When is my compost ready to use?

Composting can take anywhere from a month to a year. You’ll know you have beautifully enriched soil when it is dark and smells earthy. You should not see any recognizable food stuff in your compost, but you might see wood bits or other items that are harder to break down. Just weed those out before placing your compost into your One Small Garden.

With the help of the soil that you grew yourself, your garden will flourish in the next growing season. And then you can feed your future compost with scraps from that harvest (queue the Circle of Life song here). What a great way to honor the entire cycle of the earth’s bounty in your small space!

5 Vegetables to Seed in August - Zone 6

Michelle Blades

Right now, you’re probably enjoying all the vegetables you grew in your One Small Garden raised garden bed since the final frost in spring. You’ve probably even shared your garden bounty with friends and neighbors alike. 

But don’t think that since it’s August, your gardening season is winding down. Quite the contrary! There are still many vegetables to seed right now. (And with our Cold Frame Curtain, you can continue to harvest some veggies throughout winter!)

So what seeds can you sow this month that will give you a nice harvest in the fall? Here are five of our favorites:


#1 Lettuces

Greens love colder soil! With our first frost just 6-8 weeks away, many lettuces will thrive in sunny days with cooler night temps. Kale, spinach, Swiss chard, arugula and Romaine are just a few that you can start now and enjoy in 30-60 days. 


#2 Carrots

One of the tastiest root vegetables to come out of your garden this fall will be carrots. We suggest seeding quite a few of these Bugs Bunny delicacies. As they grow and you thin the herd, you’ll have small, sweet treats to feast on as you are letting nature take its course with the carrots left to grow big in your raised bed. Who doesn’t love a roasted carrot alongside a pot roast with potatoes? We can practically smell an autumnal Sunday dinner right now…


#3 Beets

Like Janet Jackson said, “Gimme a beet!” Or at least that is how we hear it. A close second to carrots on our list of top root veggies to grow are beets. The come in so many varietals, and each is sweeter and earthier than the next. They are easy to roast and toss on a salad or enjoy as a side dish on their own.


#4 Radishes

Hardy, spicy and easy to grow, radishes should be a staple of your garden every fall. You can actually sow these seeds later than the others and still expect a good yield before the first frost. If their spicy flavor turns you off, you can roast them with brussels sprouts for a lovely holiday side dish. Roasting mellows the flavor and softens the radish’s crunchy texture.


#5 Bush Beans

Bush beans thrive is cooler weather. The milder weather yields a more tender, flavorful vegetable. You’ll need a trellis to help support the plants as they grow taller, so be sure to plan for that in your garden-scape.

As always, we suggest investing is the very best seeds you can buy before you begin plotting your seed rows. We like Fedco seeds and recommend using them in your raised garden as well.

If you are unsure which zone you live in, this map of climate zones will help you figure it out.

Got questions about sowing seeds for fall crops? Please let us know in the comments below! We hope you enjoy this next season of growth in your One Small Garden. Happy Gardening!

The First Day of Autumn

Michelle Blades

September is a changing month in the Midwest. Each year when it arrives, we witness transformations -  some not so subtle - in the weather and environment. Leaves are tipped with gold and warm afternoons give way to sweater-wrapped evenings. Summer’s coming to a close which means our winter prep is about to begin in earnest. Sure, we’ll still have some divinely comfortable days enjoying our backyards and One Small Gardens, but today heralds the time to start the transition to the quieter months of the year.

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