Nothing tastes quite as good as homegrown vegetables which you’ve nurtured over months and finally been able to enjoy. Things can be a little more complicated when you’ve got a small garden, as the restricted space can make it harder to successfully grow vegetables. Here’s what you can do to make the most of your small garden when it comes to growing your own vegetables.
Take a look at your space
When you have a smaller garden for growing things in, you’ll need to figure out how much space you can allocate to a vegetable patch. This also involves checking how much sun it gets, as some vegetables thrive in sunny spots while others prefer shadier places.
Most vegetables will need around 6-8 hours of direct sunlight, so if your garden doesn’t quite get that level of sun then you’ll need to alter your plans on what vegetables you’ll be growing.
Keep your plot away from high traffic areas and try to use a spot that offers some protection from the wind too. If your garden soil offers poor drainage, consider building a raised bed so that they avoid getting soggy roots which can end up rotting.
Pick suitable vegetables
There are plenty of vegetables for beginner gardeners which offer good yields and can be a bit more resilient than other options. Choosing vegetables which suit the climate of where you live will mean that they’re more likely to flourish, so do a little research before you get down to planting.
Five great options for getting started with growing vegetables are:
• Green beans
There are even more beginner-friendly options out there for you to choose from, but be sure to pick ones that suit your garden – as well as ones that you’re actually going to enjoy eating!
Use the right equipment
Working with a smaller garden means doing everything you can to make sure your vegetables have a fighting chance. This will likely mean using the right equipment to keep your vegetables pest-free and have the best growing environment possible.
Using cloches to protect your plants and provide shelter from strong winds or bad weather can assist your vegetables with their growth. Fencing off an area of your garden to avoid young plants getting stepped on can be handy if you have young children, as well as potentially keeping pets from digging up your plants.
Work with quality products
Because you have a limited space to grow things within, meaning you can only grow a limited number of vegetables each season, you’ll want to try and use the best quality products you can get your hands on.
From the seeds or young plants you start with to the soil you’re planting them in, you’ll want to choose the products which are likely to give your vegetable the best chances possible.
These tips can help your small garden create a bountiful homegrown harvest of delicious vegetables. Make sure to check your plants regularly and attend to their needs, then soon enough you’ll be cooking up dinners with ingredients from your own back garden.