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Rain Barrel Planter Don't have enough space for

Rain Barrel Planter
Don't have enough space for a rain barrel and a planter? You don't have to choose: This 55-gallon rain barrel planter combines both. Available in 10 colors, you can create a container garden atop the collection unit, which includes a removable screened top designed to prevent children, animals and mosquitoes from accessing the water inside. ($229.99, cleanairgardening.com)

There are lots of gimmicky items out there that purport to help you save time and money, but small-space gardeners need to consider the size of their lots as well as the size of gear. Products that help make the most of your garden space but take up a lot of room sort of defeat their own purpose. But these five items don't take up much room at all -- and they help make the most of limited garden space for a win-win no gardener could resist. -- Jessica Damiano

Vertical Wall Garden These clever planters prove there's

Vertical Wall Garden
These clever planters prove there's more than one way to skin a cat in the garden: If you don't have room to grow a kitchen garden horizontally, why not grow vertically? Mount these wall grids on any outdoor wall, fill the included pots with herbs or greens and insert the pots into the grids. (Set of 2 grids, 20 pots and mounting brackets, $59.95, gardeners.com)

EarthBox Junior I've been touting the benefits of

EarthBox Junior
I've been touting the benefits of growing tomatoes in EarthBoxes for a few years now. The self-watering system produces bigger plants with more and bigger tomatoes more quickly than in-ground planting. There's always been a benefit to small-space gardeners: EarthBoxes on wheels can be easily moved around the garden or patio to chase the sun or clear the way for a party. But now the makers of EarthBox have gone a step farther and unveiled EarthBox Junior. At just 23-by-7.25-by-9.5 inches -- 60 percent the size of the original -- it not only takes up even less space but is better suited for growing smaller edibles, such as herbs and leafy greens. Junior is a good choice for growing edibles on decks, patios, balconies and even indoors on kitchen countertops. Available in green or terra cotta. ($24.95, earthbox.com)

Rain Barrel Planter Don't have enough space for

Rain Barrel Planter
Don't have enough space for a rain barrel and a planter? You don't have to choose: This 55-gallon rain barrel planter combines both. Available in 10 colors, you can create a container garden atop the collection unit, which includes a removable screened top designed to prevent children, animals and mosquitoes from accessing the water inside. ($229.99, cleanairgardening.com)

Grow Bags You don't need a garden to

Grow Bags
You don't need a garden to enjoy home-grown tomatoes, peppers or even potatoes. You can grow edibles right outside the kitchen door. These double-layered polypropylene bags "breathe," preventing heat build-up while allowing for drainage. Plus, they're reusable and fold flat for storage. (Tomato and Pepper Grow Bags, $14.95 each; Potato Grow Bags in two sizes, $12.95 and $19.95, gardeners.com)

Oxo Pour and Store Watering Can Watering cans

Oxo Pour and Store Watering Can
Watering cans serve a great function -- they allow you to transport a significant amount of water to your plants and water them neatly through a funnel-type spout. The downside, however, is they're really awkward when it comes to storage. This unit has a cleverly designed spout that rotates back toward its body -- a feature that allows not only easier filling but easier storing, as well. ($19.99, sears.com)

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