Having a garden at home can be one of the best ways to enjoy the wonderful taste of organic vegetables. In doing so, homeowners can be sure that the vegetables they consume are free from harmful chemicals and fertilizers. But, not every house has enough space to plant both vegetables and other plants and shrubs in the same garden. This post shares some effective tips to grow vegetables at home in small, compact spaces.
If you have small garden space, whether it is a yard, shared balcony or courtyard, the best you can do is to create a container garden with vegetables and fruits.
The beauty of container gardening is the ability to grow nearly any vegetable and many fruit varieties, given the right conditions and enough room for a container of an appropriate size.
It’s even possible to successfully grow small plants and shrubs with the right amount of sun exposure and watering system.
This also allows edible gardens to be crammed into the smallest areas, placing them on your deck, front stairs, and around the house and driveway. If the container is wide enough for it, practically any fruit, flower, or herb can be grown in a jar.
There are plenty of ways to grow up your plants vertically; most vegetables and fruit-bearing plants grow upwards.
The options to create a vertical garden are vast and require just a little imagination-the secret to optimum productivity in the small urban garden is creating usable space out of lost space.
If you want to grow vining veggies such as cucumbers, squash, and pole beans, you need to offer then support to jump on like a fence, trellis, or netting for their tendrils. A vertical garden not only saves space; it also creates visual appeal for your garden.
Choose the right plants
When you are short on garden space, select plants in a small area that will give you big yields, most vegetables and herbs have lightweight, container-friendly cultivars which are suitable for small gardens. You may love cauliflower, but to produce only one head takes a lot of room and a long growing season. You will get 12 bush or pole bean plants on the same space where you grow a cauliflower, which would grow hundreds of beans in the growing season.
Choose compact varieties
Only because a plant is designed to be small does not mean that the fruits are small or that the yield is lower. It is essential to have a mature picture of the plants in your mind to know how much space they will take on bearing flowers or fruit. Some seeds and seedlings will tell you the mature size of the plants you’re picking, so you’re able to spread things out to see how many you can accommodate in your space.
Plant flowers with veggies
If you are very short on space in your garden, you should interplant your vegetables with your flowers. There is no rule in gardening that says you can’t put these two together. Harvesting can be a little harder, but many vegetables can be ornamental on their own. Flowers bring lots of pollinators to your veggies as a bonus too.
Succession planting and companion planting are perfect ways to increase your yield while growing vegetables in a raised bed. The only drawback of this way is that it is not going to work in containers necessarily. So, succession planting can prove to be one of the best methods to save space in your garden.
Interplanting is similar to succession-planting, except that you can maximize the yield by combining various plants that are great companions but grow at different rates. You can plant the sugar-snap peas, at the beginning of spring and plant pole beans between them. The beans will be able to take their place by the time you harvest the peas.
Plant in raised beds
Having raised beds is the fastest way to get a deep layer of fertile soil. Elevated beds produce four times higher yields than when planted in rows on the ground. That’s not only because of their fertile loose soil but also because of their effective spacing.
You have more scope to grow plants by using less space for the routes. Raised beds helps you save time because plants are planted near enough to keep the competing weeds at bay, so you spend less time pulling out the weeds. The near spacing also makes it more effective to water and harvest.
Plant in the right space
Plant the right plants in the right position. When you are planting a sun-loving tomato in the rain, you’re not going to get much fruit in this way. Sure, you’re going to get a few, but it’s not going to give you a decent yield-to-effort ratio. Don’t be misled to believe you’ll get the same results from sticking your lettuce in full heat. The lettuce plants will become hot in the sun that will make it bitter. As we want to eat the leaves (and not the fruit/seeds), keep the lettuce plants cool for better yield with some shade.
Fertilize the soil
You need to baby your soil if you want to make the most of a small room. Pamper it by treading softly so that it doesn’t compress. Mix in plenty of yummy modifications and make sure not to use harsh herbicides or pesticides that can harm the crew of microbes and bacteria that work hard to provide nutrient-rich soil for you.
Growing indoor vegetables on a windowsill is a simple, low-space choice for commonly harvested plants, such as herbs and lettuce. Yet the concept isn’t just restricted space for gardeners. Any gardener will prolong the growing season by potting up some herbs for growing indoors. You can even grow some vegetables indoors if you have enough light.
These were some effective tips to grow vegetables in a small garden. However, you can also use some other methods to increase the space in your garden, like removing small trees or bushes. Hire a HeyBryan Yard Maintenance expert for help around your yard and get 15% off your task using promo code SPRINGTIME.
Emily Bartels is a content writer at Top Cut Tree. She enjoys writing on various topics mainly associated with Home Improvement, Gardening, Technology, and Gadgets.