Vegetable gardens are a great way to start gardening. Not only do you get the benefit of growing plants, you also have fresh food to enjoy all season long. However, if you only have a small space to work with, such as a small backyard or a balcony or patio, planting a vegetable garden gets more challenging. No matter the size of the area available you can still plant a great veggie garden.
Interplanting and Succession Planting
According to the University of Iowa, planting slow-maturing and quick-maturing vegetables next to each other is a great space-saving garden technique. Called interplanting, the fast-maturing veggie will be ready for harvest before the slow-maturing veggie so they will not crowd each other.
You can also try succession planting. As soon as you harvest the cool season vegetables, plant warm season vegetables in their place. That way you are not wasting any space in your garden for any part of the season.
Choose vegetable varieties that take up less room than others. Grow determinate growth tomatoes instead of indeterminate growth tomatoes so you know how much room they need. Also, grow bush varieties of beans, cucumbers, squash and watermelon as they take up much less room in a garden than their vine counterparts.
Growing vegetables in containers is a great way to save space in a small veggie garden. Herbs, any kind of salad green, tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, eggplant, beans, squash and more can be grown in containers, according to the University of Maryland. Make sure your container bound veggies get plenty of sun and water, since containers dry out faster than the ground. Also, be sure to choose smaller varieties of veggies for growth in containers, such as cherry tomatoes instead of beefsteak.