If you're short on space for gardening like me, one thing you can do is to plant early crops around later crops. What do I mean by that? Well, here is one example in this pot.
In the center is a pepper plant. Pepper plants are summer plants and this one will eventually take over the entire pot. Surrounding the pepper plant right now is some butter oak lettuce, purslane and a stray green onion. I planted the lettuce (spring/cold weather crop) early on around where the pepper plant would go. The lettuces will soon be picked and out of the pot, as the heat has hit full force here, leaving the pepper plant the room it will need as it grows much larger.
(Incidentally, the stray green onion popped up on its own--a leftover seed from last year. The purslane just grows like a weed all over my garden and in my pots. Purslane is very nutritious and can be tossed into salads, which is what I do to keep it under control.)
The one thing you need to be careful of when utilizing this method is that your cold weather/early crops don't outgrow your summer crop. So if the lettuce were huge heads, that little pepper plant wouldn't see the light of day, literally, and would not grow. Make sure your plants aren't competing with each other in that way.
Linked to Frugal Days, Sustainable Ways.
Linked to Simple Lives Thurday.