Many homeowners on my little side street in Dupont Circle keep tiny gardens in front of their rowhouses (those of us who rent second-floor apartments, alas, must garden elsewhere). Our block doesn’t have much of a margin between house and sidewalk, but some gardening is possible. My neighbors mostly grow flowers, with perhaps a tomato or two in the mix.
But one neighbor has managed to grow an impressive variety of vegetables in her small, semi-shaded, concrete-bordered bed. In addition to perennial sage and rosemary bushes, her spring garden featured arugula, peas, and garlic. Now she is growing a lot of kale and Brussels sprouts, both members of the brassica family. Look how far along these sprouts are!
Maybe I’ll put some in for fall. If my neighbor can get such lovely sprouts out of a partially-shaded plot with relatively poor soil, I have to imagine they’d work in my community garden plot.