According to Colorado State University Extension research, you can quadruple per-square-foot production of small kitchen vegetables such as lettuce, carrots and beets by planting them in blocks within wide beds rather than in rows. Block planting makes efficient use of space by keeping the spacing between plants tight and eliminating unnecessary pathways.
Try Vertical Gardening. When he moved from suburban Baltimore to a ground-floor condo in Albuquerque, N.M., lifelong organic gardener Ary Bruno went vertical to make the most of his limited space. By adding 3 to 4 inches of compost to his compact beds each spring, Bruno can grow trellised tomatoes, pole beans and cucumbers in his patio garden in summer, followed by greens in fall. Vertical growing can greatly increase your garden returns.
Maximizing Your Planting Space
Isn’t a garden refreshing to see in the morning? What more is the satisfying feeling of walking pass every vegetable and fruit plants looking healthy and shiny? Or picking their produce and trying a new recipe for your veggies and blending a good fruit shake in the kitchen? Sounds like heaven, right?
While these are the things that you look forward in your garden, you find yourself wanting to plant more but is conflicted with your planting space. If you want to know how to maximize it and make the most of your garden space, then let’s show you how it’s done.
How to Maximize your Planting Space?
Gardening is the plotting, growing, and cultivating plants such as ornamental plants like flowers and plants for food consumption like root vegetables, leafy vegetables, herbs, fruits and many more. These are the kinds of plants that you can grow in your small space vegetable garden or fruit garden, however, with limited space your option is narrowed down.
To maximize your planting space, you have to do the following:
- Measure your planting space. This is some sort of organising and planning too. By measuring the space of your planting area before proceeding to plant, you can have a full view of the space and contemplate on where you will hang some of your plants or install wall planters.
- Decide what to grow. List down the vegetables or fruits that you want to grow in your garden. From this, you will know what to plant directly on the ground or those that you can place in a pot or trellis.
- 3. Devise strategies in planting. There are some strategies that you can use to help you maximise your small space, these are:
Succession Planting. With succession planting, you are assured that your garden will continually produce vegetables or plants. This is done by preparing new seeds to be planted when you know that your vegetables are nearing harvest.
Vertical Planting. You can do this using trellis. From your list of plants to grow, look at those which you can plant vertically like vining crops specifically cucumber, squash, and pumpkins. Using this strategy, you can free a lot of room for your small space vegetable garden.
Mix Planting. This is planting slow growing plants with fast growing ones. Such that you can create room for each since the fast-growing plants are harvested earlier.
- Use materials that can save space. Instead of planting everything on the ground, you can use materials that can help you save some space like pots or containers.
With a good strategy and proper planning, you can very much fit various plants in your garden although it has only a small space.
What can you plant in a small space garden?
Well, knowing what plants are appropriate or suited for small spaces can also help you to have more room for other plants. If you mistakenly grew a vegetable or fruit plant that eats up too much space or that cannot be grown in containers, then you will have another problem of relocating it and adjusting the space. So, here are some plants that you can plant in a small space:
- Hanging Baskets: Cherry Tomatoes, Oregano etc.
- Containers/Pots: Peppers, Radishes, Lemon, and Herb like Basil, parsley, cilantro, chives, thyme, mint etc.
- Trelis: Poll Beans, Squash, Pumpkins, Cucumbers, etc.
- Garden Beds: Bok Choy, lettuce, spinach, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, carrots, eggplant, etc.
There are other fruit and vegetable plants that you can grow even in a small space. The catch is to know whether they are suitable in a container, basket, or trellis, so that you can utilize the ground space for variety of plants. Now that you know these things, we’re sure that you can make the most out of the areas of your small space vegetable garden or fruit garden!
Tips and tricks
There are some other things that can help you make more space for your planting activities. If you want to know them, save time to run through the following tips and tricks:
#1 Instead of planting in rows, you can plant in garden beds. The walking area normally takes a lot of space, but you can cut these by using garden beds.
#2 You can use the shaded area of your garden for planting mushrooms, leafy vegetables and other plants that can grow in these areas.
#3 For those vegetable or fruits that you can plant in containers, you may place them in other areas like in your windowsills, front yard, or any other areas as they can be moved easily.
So that’s it! You can now utilize every space of your garden. Cheers to your productive and abundant planting!