Many people believe that if you want to grow your own vegetables you are going to need huge plots of land. That simply isn’t true, you can easily grow a few veggies in a small space, you don’t need to become a farmer. A small space vegetable needs many of the same things as a larger garden, you still need sun, soil, water and nutrients. You can just scale it down a bit to accommodate your space here are some small vegetable garden ideas to get you started.
Water & Soil
Smaller gardens means that you will need less water overall but each individual plant is still going to need adequate amounts of water. Don’t rely solely on rain to ensure that your garden gets enough water and you made need to water or put in some type of irrigation system. You also need to be careful not to overwater your garden.
The soil that you use is probably the most important component, you need rich organic soil to make sure that you have great vegetables. You probably don’t realize it but the richer your soil the better your vegetables are going to taste. You can mix your soil ahead of time. You need to be careful within a small space that you don’t overcrowd your vegetables, try planting seed that have been labelled dwarf, baby, patio or tiny. They are ideal for small gardens but it doesn’t mean your going to get small vegetables.
This is a great idea for those with limited space to plant. What you do is reseed the vegetables that grow quickly and harvest them every few weeks for the growing season. This doesn’t work for every type of vegetables but you can easily do it with, lettuce, zucchini and some types of beans. There are vegetables like peppers, tomatoes and beans that can yield a continuous harvest if you look after them properly. This is great when you have a small space not only can you get fresh vegetables, you can have them all season long.
There are other things you can do as well when you only have a small space to work with. There is companion planting, where you plant a couple of different species together that can work together. This also works well to keep pests out of your garden, for example you can plant cucumbers with carrots and tomatoes. Here is a resource for companion planting and how to make it work for you.