I live in an apatrment in Worcester, MA, which is a fairly large city. Due to the fact that it is a city and I am in an apartment, I don't exactly have a yard. I do have a south-facing 3 season porch that I attempted to container garden on last year. Truthfully, it was a bit of a fiasco. I had no clue what I was doing and did not exactly take the best care of it. So I spent the winter researching what I needed to do to take care of my plants and which plants I wanted to grow. I also decided that the porch was just not gonna cut it this year and did some digging. I ended up uncovering the site for Worcester's Regional Environmental Council (REC) and read about their UGROW program. A few emails late I was part of a community garden! Amazingly I share the space with 3 other gardeners and still have 100 sq ft of gardening space with 8+ hours of sunlight a day.
I have 3 spaces in the garden. There is a 6'x6' plot abutting the church that receives sun from sunrise to sunset. I have my tomatoes, bell peppers and spicy peppers in this patch. Directly across from that spot is a 6'x8' plot whose far boundary is the church's parsonage. The front half of this area gets the same amount of sun as the "sunny" plot, but the back half receives a good amount of late afternoon shade. From front to back I have a row of mixed veggie plants, a row of celery, eggplant and finally mint about halfway back. My final spot is a 3'x10' patch along a fence line. This spot get sun from sunrise until about 6 p.m. and is dedicated to bush green beans, summer squash, zucchini and butternut squash.