Tuesday, 14 January 2014

How to Grow Vegetables in a Small Garden

There’s nothing like growing and harvesting your own vegetables. You can save a significant amount of money and get a lot of personal satisfaction from raising crops in your own garden. It’s something that the whole family can get involved in and the best thing is that even if you only have a small garden to work with, you can get involved in home growing. There are plenty of space saving varieties of vegetables and small scale growing ideas that you can put to use. Read on for growing tips tailored for small gardens.

What Should You Grow?

Think about the type of vegetables that you’re most interested in eating and focus on them. Asparagus, Brussels sprouts, celery and maincrop potatoes take up a large amount of space so it’s worth avoiding these. It’s advised that growers choose vegetables that are expensive to buy in shops and taste best when they are at their freshest. Most legumes fall into this category and good space savers include pole beans, bush beans, fava beans and peas. Dwarf varieties are good for small containers and climbing beans utilize vertical space.

Make Your Own Containers

Making upright boxes out of wood that can be filled with soil is an ingenious space-saving solution. Most seed packets will tell you how much space the adult plant requires so you can plan ahead for this. When constructing your wooden boxes, use well-maintained and high quality power tools to get the best results, like those from Anglia Tool Centre. You can also use old crates or cans if you want to create a bohemian feel.

Time and Space

Plan your space carefully and utilize what you have. If you have limited space to work with, try growing crops that will be out of the ground within a few weeks. That way you can quickly go on to a new crop and maximize the number of varieties and vegetables you are able to grow. Crops that take a long time to be ready for harvesting include parsnips, leeks, pumpkins and squashes. If you want to grow vegetables that take a few months to reach maturity, why not try ‘intercropping’. This means interspersing slower varieties with fast growing vegetables to save on space.


  1. Its a good time to be planning ahead, particularly as you mention in a small garden. We have an allotment as well as a small london garden. Last year we were renovating the garden, but this year Im intending to grow a selection of mostly salad crops, in the garden as well as at the allotment.


  2. Just found your blog and i am looking forward to having a good read with a nice warm homemade hot chocolate. I too am passinate about growing vegetables, infact I have four allotments. I also want others to see how easy it is to grow veg and also how we live a more simple, pleasing life.

  3. I am looking forward to starting with a small selection of vegetable and herb growing this year in my tiny london garden!

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  5. Brilliant blog post about growing vegetables and fresh produce in smaller garden areas. Over the spring I am going to give this a go and see how it turns out! Never thought it was possible to grow a vegetable garden in a small place but you never know! Any tips for good vegetables and produce to grow?



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