Don’t have a enormous space for gardening? No worries, follow some of these space saving methods to find the most of whatever space you have.
Choose your vegetables wisely
You might not need 3 rows of lettuce and 20 tomato plants to feed your loved ones. Only grow what you will really need for your own household. Several plants which are extremely generous in the amount of produce they give off are; tomatoes, lettuce, beans, summer squash, pumpkins, zucchini, cucumber, etc.. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that these plants are also some of the very space consuming vegetables to grow. Another space eating crops include; berries, candy potatoes/yams, corn, watermelon, muskemelons, etc.. Side note – if you have limited space then plant leaf lettuce not mind lettuce. One small section of leaf lettuce gives more lettuce off then a complete row or two of head lettuce and will continue to grow after every cutting!
Around your deck or patio area. Many plants may be grown in planters. Tomatoes, peppers, and lots of sorts of herbs do good in planter pots. Salat, spinach, chard, and even pole beans can perform good in window planter boxes. Using these spaces can add colour and function to those planter pots around your patio or deck.
Plant vegetables close together that “get together” well. This is called companion planting. I have an entire chart at my website listed below which details company plants along with other vital planting info. Some plants don’t get too because they spread diseases or steal each others nutrition, although other plants play fine and seem to actually complement how every other produces and performs.
You may plant specific plants intermingled with other plants. For example; zucchini, summer squash, and cucumbers, together with several members of the “melon” family can be implanted so that they grow between the stalks of corn. I also love to plant my zucchini, summer squash, and cucumbers quite close together (against common wisdom) in tight rows, they actually appear to flourish that way and they take up less space.
Among the greatest things anyone with limited space (and people with unlimited space) can perform with their backyard is multiple plantings. Starting your seeds and seedlings in the garden as soon as possible will let you harvest them and plant something else with a short growing period. As an example, we plant peas early in the spring and are done harvesting them by early summer which makes it possible for us to plant a crop of something else in their area. Take a look at the planting manual mentioned above in step 3 and plot your backyard accordingly. If you plan your backyard properly it is possible to plant and harvest up to 3 different (or the same) plantings of vegetables in exactly the same row in the same season. Multiple plantings are just one thing that many anglers don’t take advantage of but if they did they could almost double the output of the backyard.
Many viney plants such as; melons, pumpkins, zucchini squash, cucumber, winter/summer squash, gourds, beans, peas, etc. can be/should be grown on stakes, trellises, fences, or other service systems. Growing these veggies on support systems not only retains the fruit off the ground that keeps it from rotting faster, but in addition, it saves a TON of space!