Friday, January 24, 2014

How to Grow More With Less Space

Small space gardeningHaving a small growing space can be frustrating if you can not grow all that you would like. Here are 5 tips that will help you know how to get the most from your garden.

  1. You might be tempted to plant your plants closer together to get more in your garden. This however will not work as the plants will not produce as much if grown closer together. You can, however, choose varieties that are high yield producers such as  growing green beans vertically, and even trellising the squash and cucumber plants.  Be sure that these plants do not shade the rest of your garden as it will reduce the amount your garden produces.

  2. Be sure you amend your soil regularly with organic matter to make sure the soil in your garden has the most available nutrients for your garden. This will ensure that the plants you are able to plant will produce a good harvest.

  3. There are some plants that tolerate a little shade. Just think if you are harvesting the plant for a fruit or the root, then it needs full sun. If you are eating the leaves or plant, then it can tolerate some shade. This might help you have areas to grow in your yard that you previously thought you couldn't grow.

  4. Grow some smaller plants in containers on the patio. If you have limited space in your grow boxes, and still want to grow more, try planting your big plants in the garden, and the smaller plants in a big pot. Just remember that pots need to be watered much more often than plants in the garden. They drain very well and also heat up more than the soil in the garden, thus making them require more water.

  5. The last option is to square foot garden. This is a great option for those who have a very small space. You are limited to growing smaller plants, and you will need to make sure and follow the requirements for the soil, as this is an important part of making square foot gardening work.

Be sure to plan and account for all that you want to plant. This will also help you get the most from your garden. Happy Garden Planning!

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