Grow Your Own, Even In A Small Garden!

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You may be thinking that you have such a small garden how it is possible to grow vegetables? Or even that you have a patio and no grass, or that you don’t have a garden at all? Well do not worry because whatever you have, garden or not then you are still able to grow your own vegetables and herbs!


First, if you do have some garden then you need to be preparing your soil; in order to plant vegetables the soil has to be a minimum of 6 to 8 inches (15 to 20 cm) deep, and remove all large clumps of dirt, leaves, stones and other debris that is in the way of your planting area. Level the surface with a rake, and then evenly distribute fertilizer into the dirt.

Secondly you need to decide what vegetables you would like to grow, the optimum vegetables for small spaces include cucumbers, lettuce, carrots, peppers, tomatoes and herbs. Once you have decided what you would like to grow then you need to draw up a rough sketch of what you would like your garden to look like. Label it with some simple diagrams to help you to recognise how much of each crop you need to purchase in order to plant.

Remember! Use your vertical space, include a trellis or fence in your yard so plants can grow upwards as well as outwards, cucumbers and tomatoes both grow well that way.  When you go buying your vegetables seeds, in order to take up the least garden space possible, make sure you look for the ‘bush’ variety of vegetables.

Enjoy your harvest

A handy trick that you may not have known about it; why not try interplanting two or more vegetables in one area, for example, radishes and carrots can be planted together in the same spot as the radishes will be ready to harvest much sooner than the carrots, therefore you are saving both space and soil!

Pots, pots, pots

If you’ve run out of space of you have a very little garden then you can use sturdy containers in order to plant seeds and plants. You can even combine some crops in one pot if you get a container large enough! Not everything has to be planted in the ground. Some plants may even be happier being indoors than others – for example basil, which comes from the Mediterranean, unlike carrots which prefer larger pots at least 25cm deep with more room to grow.

Put a layer of stones, broken part of pot or even broken polystyrene in the bottom of your pots or boxes in order to help drain away the excess water. Then just add the compost and fertiliser, pushing it firmly down, you are then ready to start planting! Although, growing vegetables in pots can cause the soil to get very dry very quickly so you will need to remember to water frequently – but don’t overdo it!

Lots of vegetables have flowers that bloom as well as the actual plant, such as courgettes. Why not add a few flowers in order to make attractive foliage making the vegetable patch a real feature of your garden. Whether you are after vegetables for your small garden or even some herbs to spice up your dinners; you don’t need to go mad with landscaper designers, all you need is a few plant pots, some soil and you’re on your way!

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Karen is a keen grower of many vegetables which can be found in her vegetable patch at the bottom of her beautiful cottage garden. When she is not all ‘green fingered’ with her pals from All Seasons, she enjoys spending time with her family and running her two businesses.  

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