No matter what season it is, it’s never too early, or late, to start planning out your garden space. This is especially true if you’re working with a smaller space and want to grow a variety of vegetables (and fruits if you’re ready).
A good plan for a small garden space might take a little more time. You already want to plant different types of crops (crop rotation helps to keep some nasty pests away) but have you considered some of the following cost-effective, space-saving tips?
Beds Over Rows
If you’ve been planting your vegetables in rows all this time, it’s no wonder why you can’t grow as much. Planting in rows creates the need for space to walk between those rows, effectively taking up more space than you have.
Switch it up next season by planting your vegetables in beds instead. This gets rid of the space that’s needed to walk between rows and gives better access to your vegetables as well.
A common beginner’s error is planting your vegetable crops horizontally, even if they can be planted vertically. It’s likely that a good number of the crops you’re growing are ones that can easily be grown on trellises, such as spinach, peas, tomatoes, and beans. This helps in reducing space uptake and gives you more room for planting other crops.
Plant Different Species
It’s not necessary that all your crops have to be grown far from each other. You can try planting two different species in the same bed as long as you’re familiar with their growth stages. A good example of a pair that can be grown together is radishes and sunchokes. Since radishes grow quickly, they’ll be ready for harvest before your sunchokes grow too big.
Use ALL Of Your Space
It’s not essential that you only grow crops in your yard or specific parts of it. For starters, you can grow a good number of vegetables, such as lettuce, radishes, and chilies, in pots. These pots can be placed on your front steps or a balcony where they’ll get enough sun too.
Moreover, not all of the crops you grow have to be planted in parts of your garden that get enough sun. Those shaded areas of your garden are good enough to grow some leafy greens, mushrooms, and even rhubarb.
Plant Some Microgreens
These little flavorful greens are an important part of any chef’s recipe and you can grow them in smaller areas of your garden. The best part is that most kinds of microgreens grow pretty fast and can be planted close to each other.
Keep Little Space between Plants
The most space you’ll need between garden beds is around 20 inches if you’ll want to carry a bucket or two. The space between your garden beds can be used effectively when you grow plants close together. If you’re growing cherry tomatoes of the indeterminate variety, know that they can take as less as a square foot of area, as long as you remember to take off the suckers.
These are some of the best tried-and-tested techniques that can help you grow a large variety of crops in your garden by managing your space effectively. Not only does it allow you to diversify your garden, but it also gives you peace of mind knowing that you don’t have a large garden to tend to.