Thinking of starting a small vegetable garden at home? Here are a few easy tips and ideas to help you plan!
Square foot, container and other small plot garden plans are perfect for growing vegetables when space or time are limited.
Planning and planting a small garden is a very wise decision in today's economy.
Not only can you save money and eat better food, but learning how to provide for your family without depending on outside sources is practical and prudent.
Here are some great examples of small veggie gardening plans.
A container garden can be the perfect solution, or a beautiful patio garden can provide an abundance of fresh vegetables.
Vegetable plants can also be added to an existing sunny border or flower bed!
The only limitation is your imagination, and of course, finding a sunny location for your garden.
Growing your own tomatoes, lettuce, cucumbers, carrots, peppers and more is easily done in even the smallest garden spaces.
A DIY raised bed can be the perfect fit for many gardening needs.
They can be quite attractive with a little creativity applied to the design and materials...
Even if you don't have a huge backyard, with a little creativity you can build a raised bed or container garden in sunny location in your yard or on your patio, porch, deck, or balcony.
Can’t you just taste the plump juicy tomato and the sweet juicy carrots?
Before you attempt to grow the area’s largest pumpkin or zesty collards, and are short on space and time, take a look at some creative small vegetable garden plans.
Beginner vegetable gardens come in all shapes and sizes; large, small, and in-between.
In a crowded landscape, your garden may have to take a sharp bend, form a semi-circle, or be placed in a flower bed, or on the patio.
So be creative!
Let’s take a look at some small space vegetable garden plans.
Intensive planting designs use every bit of garden space available.
Square foot gardens (4 ft. by 4 ft.) are surprisingly productive.
You will want to plan on one four by four square foot garden for each member of your family if you want to grow most or all of your own vegetables.
Several plants may be planted in rows, smaller squares, or at random in the small vegetable plots.
For instance, fill one square with four bean plants.
Divide the area into smaller squares and plant one seed in the middle of each.
A square can hold 36 radishes or 16 onions. The seeds can be scattered across the square or sown in small rows.
Harvest early by thinning out young plants for use as tender greens or roots, creating room for the rest to grow.
Trellises add a third dimension to small vegetable garden plans.
Cages also can be used to take advantage of vertical space and keep crops from sprawling over the ground.
Many plants can be successfully grown in cages, including tomatoes, watermelons, and eggplants.
In addition to space-saving planting techniques, gardeners have an additional resource: dwarf varieties and bush forms of plants that originally grew only as vines!
Be advised, while the dwarf varieties take up less garden room, the harvests are somewhat smaller than their full size relatives.
Geometric planting patterns make maximum use of space in small vegetable garden plans.
Gardeners use simple designs to fill wide beds with vegetables.
As they say, necessity is the mother of invention!
These are just three easy ways for planning and growing a small vegetable garden.
There are many more possibilities that may work for you.
You will be surprised how fun and fulfilling it is to have your own vegetable garden.
Gardening is a great hobby and life-skill for the whole family to learn and enjoy.
So have some fun, and enjoy the gardening experience.
Each garden you grow will be a new opportunity for creativity and learning!
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