Most of the time, gardening enthusiasts refrain themselves from growing because of their plot of land’s limited size. It’s a shame, because it is quite possible to set up a vegetable garden in a small space. Several planting and sowing techniques allow for this possibility. Moreover, many varieties of vegetables grow very well, even on a small plot of land. The key here is to choose the plants to grow well and to plan out the crops.

Of course, setting up a vegetable garden on a tiny plot of land is not as easy as doing so on a larger space. However, it remains possible and can even produce good harvests that are at the same time beautiful and varied. To that end, it is essential to maintain soil quality, with frequent supplies of fertilizers and amendments, on top of regular weeding. Then, to save a little space, it is advisable to plant in rows, as this will avoid the need to set up walkways. Finally, plan the crops based the plants’ growth rates and their compatibility. The challenge consists of juggling fast-growing vegetables with the slower ones, and plants that grow in height with those that bear low foliage.

The choice of vegetables to plant in a small vegetable garden

When space is limited, optimize its use by planning the type of plants to grow and their planting times adequately. For this, the technique of repetitive seeding is ideal. It consists of playing on the vegetables’ growth rate to obtain successive crops over time. Moreover, this technique also plays on the vegetable varieties and seasons. The cultivation of lettuce is a good example, given that it can be sown every three weeks from April to September. In doing so, the crops are spread out over time, and keep a steady pace throughout the growing period. This technique works with all types of vegetable; carrots, radishes, turnips, green beans, etc.. The only thing to do is to simply respect their growing seasons.  In addition, a mixed plantation is another way to optimize the space available for the vegetable garden. This involves the association of compatible vegetables on the same rows and during the same sowing procedure. The combination of radishes and carrots is a good example. Planted at the same time, the radishes will be harvested first, allowing for the carrots’ healthy development. Similarly, pole beans and corn can be combined.

The choice of growing technique for a small vegetable garden

The technique of inter-cropping, which involves planting slow-growing vegetables between the fast-growing ones, is well-suited to a small plot of land. Among other things, the techniques to optimize space in a vegetable garden include arranging the crops according to plant height. In addition, proceeding in that manner offers a clear view and a sense of space despite the small size of your plot of land. To do this, it is advisable to grow the tall plants in the central and rear parts of the vegetable garden, and to plant the vegetables with lower foliage in the front. The cascading effect then creates a feeling of space, which allows your garden to produce a good harvest while improving its appearance at the same time.

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Published in Individuals by Alexander on 14 Sep 2011