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How to Grow Vegetables in Small Gardens

You can easily start your own sustainable garden in small spaces such as your backyard, a balcony or a patio.

Even if you don’t have a lot of space, there are plenty of plants that will thrive in small boxes or pots.

One of the rules of thumb for small spaces is to choose plants that grow vertically. Growing a sustainable garden doesn’t cost a lot either. You can reuse items like pantyhose and drink cups to keep your plants thriving.

1. Tomatoes

Tomatoes are one of the most versatile vegetables which can grow in a small space. They can be tossed in salads, mashed into a sauce or eaten straight off the vine.

Tomatoes also come in a variety of sizes.

You can grow small tomato cherries as hanging tomato plants or larger tomatoes vertically in a container. Cherry tomatoes grow extremely fast—which means you don’t need to wait for months to yield a good crop in your own backyard.

The only downside? It can be challenging to plant tomatoes.

Technically tomato is a fruit since it has seeds that grow from the ovary of the plant.

2. Lettuce

How to Grow Vegetables in Small Gardens

Lettuce is another veggie that grows fast.

You can yield a crop of lettuce in only 45 days.

Lettuce grows best in a container garden, but you can even grow it indoors. The best way to grow lettuce to ensure it’s ready by spring is to start your seeds indoors in February.

By the time the last frost has passed in March or April, you can go ahead and move your lettuce outdoors. Flashy Trout Back lettuce is great for early months.

Stick with a heartier romaine for summer months. In the autumn, Winter Density can withstand the early chill in the months of September and October.

3. Herbs

Man cannot survive on herbs alone. Yet they are so tasty in everything from salads to eggs to casseroles.

Herbs are one of the easiest plants to grow, and you can grow them inside in the winter or outside from spring through autumn. You can maximize space by planting herbs with your edible flowers (see below).

The best way to select herbs for your garden is according to your own preferences and tastes. Basil is extremely hearty and very easy to grow.

Chives, parsley and cilantro are also great for small spaces.

4. Pole Beans

How to Grow Vegetables in Small Gardens

Many beans can easily take over your garden, so it’s best to keep them separate from your other plants.

Vertical plants take up the least amount of space, so pole beans are a great choice for small gardens. Trinofo Violeto pole beans have a dual purpose; they’re tasty in salads and side dishes, and they look beautiful in the garden.

Choose plants that have dual purposes in small gardens to maximize space. You can even can beans in the summer to enjoy throughout the winter.

5. Eggplant

How to Grow Vegetables in Small Gardens

Eggplant is one of the most popular veggies for a small garden. These beautiful vegetables are perfect for heartier meals.

You can use eggplants as a meat replacement in rice and pasta dishes.

Oriental eggplants have a slender shape and grow well in pots—which means you can grow them inside throughout the winter. Add them to hearty stews, or sauté them as a side dish, and be inspired with more eggplant recipes.

In the summer, you can easily transfer these beautiful vegetables to your outdoor garden.

6. Chard

Chard is another leafy green that is equally beautiful and nutritious. Plus, chard grows like a weed and is therefore well suited to small spaces.

Cut a few leaves from the mother plant, and more leaves will grow back.

This is one of the best veggies to grow in a small garden because this plant actually grows more fruitfully in tight spaces. Use chard in place of lettuce (just tenderize the leaves by squeezing them, and chop them into small pieces), or add to a stew or soup for a hearty meal.

Chard is easy to grow from a starter, so don’t opt for the seeds unless you’re familiar with proper spacing.

7. Radishes

How to Grow Vegetables in Small Gardens

Radishes are one of the smallest veggies, but they are very hearty and super flavorful. Use radishes in salads or stews. You can also eat raw radishes with a little butter or oil.

You can grow radishes inside or outside.

Root vegetables are extremely easy to grow and are very hearty throughout all seasons. Grow inside of a one-gallon planter. Radishes grow very fast, so you can expect a harvest at least once a month.

Grow several pots simultaneously to ensure plenty of crunchy snacks throughout the year.

8. Lemons

How to Grow Vegetables in Small Gardens

Grow lemons in a small planter in your home or in your backyard.

Plant lemon trees in your yard if you live in a warm climate. You can keep lemon trees in your home if you have plenty of light. Small trees that thrive inside include Meyers lemon trees.

You’ll need to keep your soil moist and your trees in direct sunlight for around eight hours a day.

9. Edible Flowers

How to Grow Vegetables in Small Gardens

Add a little pizzazze to your salads by growing edible flowers. These flowers pull their weight since they add tons of flavor to meals and beauty to your backyard and kitchen.

You can grow edible flowers in small spaces such as your kitchen, a hanging basket, a window box garden and in your backyard. Plant them early in the spring, and they will thrive throughout the summer.

Here’s a delicious list of edible flowers.

10. Avocados

Avocados (though technically a fruit) are one of the easiest edibles to grow.

You can plant avocados in your kitchen with a leftover seed from a store bought avocado. You can plant them in a small space in your vegetable garden if you live in a warmer climate. This green beauties grow to the size of a baseball, so they don’t take up a lot of room.

(Handy tip: The easiest way you can germinate an avocado pit is by throwing it in your vermicomposting.)

They taste delicious in salads and in homemade guacamole.

And they have plenty of healthy nutrients and tons of good fats.

Which one are you going to plant in small spaces?

Less is more when it comes to sustainable living, making it possible for you to garden in small spaces.

Stick with plants that yield your favorite flavors. Or choose veggies you’ve never tried before.

It’s fun to check out new recipes and find uses for veggies you’re not familiar with. Luckily, many plant seeds cost under a dollar, so you won’t break the bank if a particular veggie does not grow.

Do you dream of harvesting your own vegetables, even though you only have a small garden? Growing vegetables can be a rewarding way to save money – all you need is a bit of organisation, creativity and sun!

How to Grow Vegetables in Small Gardens

Here are our 3 tips on how to make the most of your garden space.

Choose the right vegetables for you

Salad leaves are ideal because they’re the easiest edible crop to grow and are super healthy. Simple to harvest, they come in different varieties such as chard, kale and collard greens – the perfect choice if you love a healthy salad bowl. Another winner is cherry tomatoes, which are tasty and easy to grow in a container – making them perfect for small gardens or even balconies. You could also grow edible herbs such as rosemary, basil, mint or coriander. These are easy to maintain but are the perfect ingredient to add some flavour to your dishes. If you fancy harvesting bigger vegetables, you could grow asparagus, leeks, brussels sprouts or even squashes.

Go up!

Utilise your vertical space! You can attach planters to walls and fences to aid your grapevines, roses, climbing beans, peas or even vining tomatoes. However, make sure your supports are sturdy enough as some fruits can be very heavy. There are plenty of tricks to make your vegetables grow vertically. You could use A-frames or invest in a living wall, which can be a bit expensive at around £400 per square metre, but it does save a lot of space and is easy to maintain.

How to Grow Vegetables in Small Gardens

If your garden is big enough, it could be a good idea to invest in a greenhouse or a polytunnel to keep your fruits and veggies safe and help them grow. This would also help you to control the temperature, humidity and ventilation of their environment.

Make it special

A vegetable patch can quickly look messy and boring. In a small garden, every surface counts so opt for colourful flowers and decorations! Give your garden an entrance – a beautiful rose-covered Arbor could do the trick.

Why not add a little pond to attract beneficial wildlife, such as fish, water lilies or water lettuce? A pretty wooden bench, if space allows, can be perfect to add a little rustic touch, but it can also become your go-to place to relax. If you’re an animal lover, you could also add a bird feeder or a bee hotel.

Fruit, flowers & vegetables growing in a small garden

14 Vegetables to Grow in a Small Garden

“I don’t have much space, what are the best vegetables to grow outside in my small garden?”

This has been one of the most often asked questions which is encouraging as one of the first pieces of advice is start small! Why? Because you’re less likely to give up growing your own if you don’t take on too much at once.

You’ve installed a couple of raised beds, you’ve cleared a space for some veggies somewhere bright and sunny in your garden, or you’re even planning on planting vegetables among your flower borders or in containers; now you’re wondering what you might grow in your small vegetable garden that will give you the most return for your efforts. The following might help you take the next steps to growing vegetables in a small garden.

Four tips to bear in mind when growing in a small vegetable garden

1. Grow what you like to eat – no sense growing spinach if you can’t stand the taste.

2. Choose vegetable varieties that are expensive in the shops – shallots, mangetout or early potatoes can all add a few extra cent to your weekly budget which means you may never buy them or they’re only ever special treats.

3. Choose leafy veg that you can harvest a few leaves off and they will keep growing (known as cut and come again), beans or peas that will keep producing the more you pick them, bulbs that will break up into smaller cloves or small vegetables that don’t take up much space.

4. Grow something different . Most supermarkets only sell the most popular vegetables with chards and pretty spinach varieties such as Bordeaux never seeing their shelves. Now’s a chance for you to grow something you’d like to eat and not be told what to eat by the Buyers.

Suggested vegetables to grow in a small garden

In no particular order, here’s a list of vegetables that have grown well in gardens I’ve worked with of all shapes and sizes. I’m not suggesting you grow them all at once, mix and match and see what grows well for you.

Shallots – a member of the Allium (onion) family, just one set (immature bulb) planted in the soil will develop into five or six shallots. They also store well over winter and can be expensive to buy in shops. Easy to grow from set or seed, January to April, harvest during late summer.

Garlic – again an Allium, when you plant one clove, it will develop into a whole bulb and is very easy to grow once you follow the planting guide. Garlic stores well, plant autumn/winter or early spring. Harvest late summer.

Grow Your Own Kale

Kale – there are many types of kale from scarlet to Russian, curly green to Tuscany. If you harvest a few leaves off each plant, rather than stripping the plant bare, it will grow more leaves and keep producing for you for months, from late summer through to early spring. Sow seed spring and autumn, matures in 50 to 60 days.

How to Grow Vegetables in Small GardensPurple Sprouting brocoli (PSB) – as with the kale above, keep picking the small florets from several plants and not stripping one bare. Also you’ll be eating this plant during late winter/early spring when there’s not too much else around to eat.

Early potatoes – if you’re keen to grow potatoes, not only do early varieties grow faster than their main crop cousins, they’re usually pricier in the shops and all being well, you’ll have harvested them before the blight. Earlies also grow well in containers. Plant late March, harvest 12-12 weeks later

How to Grow Vegetables in Small GardensMangetout – some gardeners don’t bother at all with peas finding them too much bother, but we eat mangetout before the peas form in the pods and are delicious eaten straight off the plant. If you miss a few when picking them, they will still form little peas giving you a second chance at them. Sow February, harvest June.

Lettuce – Cut & come again salad leaves or loose-leaf lettuce – there are lots of varieties of lettuce that the leaves are plucked off as you want them and not harvesting the entire plant. We’ve enjoyed many salad meals with just six plants! Sow March to September, harvest May to November.

Beetroot – from your garden bears only a slight resemblance to that sold in the shops – it’s delicious plus you can eat the leaves! We steam the leaves as a side vegetable here in the Greenside Up kitchen. Two supplies can provide up to eight months supply. Sow March to July, harvest June to October.

Chard and spinach – again, versatile cut and come again leafy vegetables that will just keep on giving for months. Stem & leaf can be used. Sow March to July, harvest all year.

Early carrots – small round or early – most vegetable gardeners like to grow carrots but are surprised how long they take to develop! Choose small early varieties like Nantes or round Paris Market’s for something different. Chanteney carrots are expensive in the shops and are a deliciously sweet variety of carrot too. Sow February or March undercover, or April to early July. Harvest May onwards.

Courgettes – they can get quite large depending upon the summer and how exposed your garden is, but one plant of courgettes will feed a family for weeks! Plants can also be grown in large containers of multipurpose compost on a sunny patio. Sow April to June, harvest June to September.

Cherry tomatoes – tiny, sweet cherry tomatoes will grow in beds, borders or hanging baskets and are a good choice if you’re new to tomato growing. Easy to maintain as they don’t need sideshoots removed or support. Sow February to April, harvest July to September.

Runner or French beans beans – the first time I ever grew runner beans was in a large container outside the door with a makeshift wigwam frame I made for the beans to grow up. It provided enough beans for a few dinners and our children loved watching them grow. Sow April to June, harvest July to frosts.

No vegetable garden would be complete without edible flowers that also act as companion plants – Calendula, French marigolds, Borage and nasturtiums not only bring colour and pazaz to a garden, they also bring pollinators in or can act as sacrificial plants the pests will eat first, leaving your veg alone.

Rainbow Chard & Nasturtiums

Lastly don’t forget that fruit, herbs and vegetables can be grown in containers too so if your beds are full of veg, why not consider growing some fruit outside your door or on your balcony.

How to Grow Vegetables in Small Gardens

Have you any favourite varieties that would grow well in small gardens?

Being stuck in isolation may have you flexing your green thumb but here’s what you need to know before you head out to your local hardware store or garden centre.

April 25, 2020 6:14am

How to grow vegetables while in isolation

Since the Covid-19 pandemic began, Google searches for how to grow vegetables have spiked. Here are some tips how to grow them at home.

Try growing some edible produce while in lockdown. Source:News Regional Media

Anyone with a failed basil plant or limp coriander leaf will know herb gardens and veggie patches aren’t for the faint-hearted. But with ISO-cooking firmly on the agenda, growing our own produce is becoming a productive pastime of converted green thumbs everywhere.

But what do you grow, and how do you start? And what if your space is limited? Here’s how the experts do it.

DESIGN AND PLAN FOR SUCCESS

Like with any garden, design and planning is always the first step, says landscape designer Phil Antcliff, director at Sydney’s Fifth Season Landscapes.

“Locate the best position, choose the herbs and veggies you like, the container type you want to use and when you will have time to complete the project,” he says.

“It is a good idea to know what you would like to grow, and what you will get the most use out of.

“Then check to see if this season is the right one to plant in.

“If not leave some space in the garden for future plantings so you can have your favourites.”

He says autumn is the perfect time to plant vegetables like spinach, green beans and peas, as well as herbs like coriander, parsley and thyme.

“Some of the leafy vegetables can be ready for harvest in as little as six weeks, while some root vegetables can take 18 weeks to mature.”

You could grow these beauties at home. Source:News Regional Media

RAISE THE STAKES

Mr Antcliff suggests choosing a position that has a good amount of summer and winter sunlight for best growing conditions, with protection from wind if possible. Most herbs and veggies love good drainage, so it’s a good idea to use a raised garden bed or container to help with free-draining soil.

“It also helps your lower back by not having to bend down so far,” he says.

“Raised planters can come in all shapes and sizes. You can buy premade veggie boxes or pods from places like Bunnings – or you can build your own using materials like hardwood sleepers or recycled bricks.”

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Recycled building materials make for a rustic herb garden. Picture: Supplied Source:Supplied

Once you’ve built you planter or bought your pod, the next step is to install the drainage material and soil.

“For the bottom layer of drainage use an aggregate like blue metal, about 100mm should do the trick, then add a layer of filter fabric, which will hold the soil but allow the water to pass through ensuring your drainage doesn’t block and the plants roots don’t sit in pools of water,” he says.

“Add the soil and make sure to get specialised veggie mix to maximise your plant growth.

“You will also need a good mulch to install after planting to retain soil moisture. I use a sugar can mulch which will breakdown over time and add organic matter to the soil.”

WHEN SIZE IS AN ISSUE …

The principle is the same no matter what size area you have.

“The only limit is the size of the plants that can be grown – citrus trees in pots can work really well on a balcony,” Mr Antcliff says.

“Combine this with a cluster of smaller pots planted with parsley, coriander, sage and thyme and you’ve yourself a great little kitchen garden.

“My best is advice is to start small and simple, learn the herbs and veggies that you find easy to grow – parsley, mint and rosemary are a great place to start.”

Tahitian limes grow great in pots. Picture: Supplied Source:Supplied

THINK BIG, MAXIMISE SMALL

Christian Chambers from Sydney Master Gardens says in small spaces, you need to think outside the box to maximise the area you have.

“Some areas might give you height – as in tall courtyard walls or boundary fences – so trellising can be put up to grow climbers like tomatoes, passionfruit or cucumber,” he said.

“The typical wall garden will also be a good option.

“Some small spaces might give you length, like narrow long verandas or a side path, where narrow tall planters can be used inter-planting herbs and annual edible or scented flowers.”

He said espalier fruit trees also lend themselves to small sunny spaces like courtyards, while herbs can be grown from hanging baskets to save space.

FAST RESULTS A WIN FOR KIDS

If you have children, things like radishes – best planted in autumn and early spring – are great because they are easy to grow and offer fast results.

“They might not like the taste so much, but a physical result will keep interest,” he said.

“Snow peas are another good one for kids and a bit more palatable … and be consistent with your watering, keeping soil at a consistent moisture level.

Kids will also love this isolation DIY project. Picture: iStock Source:News Regional Media

“Erratic watering drying out and then overwatering will tend to give you poor results and force some plants to bolt to seed.

“Using pots or containers of a similar size can help with that as you don’t have small pots drying out while large ones retain their moisture, giving you an inconsistency in soil moisture through the garden.”

DON’T GO CRAZY WITH THE FERTILISER

“More is not better,” Mr Chambers says.

“Too much will have a negative affect – simple, homemade compost is best.”

He recommends a simple, general slow release like Osmocote, or a liquid Seasol.

“The best part about using Seasol is it will have you actively and consciously watering your plants as well as feeding them at the same time,” he says.

“Some good and easy things to grow in a pot are Swiss chard, mint, parsley, tomato, spring onion, oregano and chilli.”

Guest post by Natalie Miller from Gardeners Oakleigh Park

If you have a very limited space but want to grow fresh vegetables then look out for these 10 dwarf vegetables. You can easily grow them in small potted gardens.

Unfortunately, not everybody who is eager to grow plants on their own is blessed with a spacious and fruitful garden. Many people give up on the gardening hobby, just because they think they cannot have a garden in their small homes in urban areas. Please, do not make their mistake. Even if you live in a little urban home or apartment, there is always a way for you to have a lovely garden – take dwarf vegetables for example. These miniature veggies grow in smaller size but are equally tasty and healthy as their full-sized varieties. Growing dwarf

Growing dwarf vegetables has become very popular recently, so their seeds are available both on-line and in most garden centers. If you are able to provide appropriate conditions for the larger duplicates, but simply lack garden space, opt for the following dwarf varieties and you will be able to enjoy an adorable but also sustainable urban garden.

1. Cherry Tomatoes

How to Grow Vegetables in Small Gardens

Cherry tomatoes are one of the most suitable vegetables for containers. You can easily grow them in small to medium sized containers and even in the hanging baskets. The yield is high and they don’t take much space too.

2. Cauliflower

How to Grow Vegetables in Small Gardens

There are many dwarf cauliflower varieties available that you can grow in pots in your small garden for higher yield. Learn how to grow cauliflower in pots here. Besides cauliflowers, you can also grow other brassicas. Dwarf varieties of cabbage and broccoli can be grown in containers quite easily.

3. Baby artichokes

How to Grow Vegetables in Small Gardens

The difference between the full-sized artichokes and the dwarf kind is that the little artichokes actually do not have a choke. You can eat the whole of them if you just peel their external layer of leaves.

4. Baby Eggplants

How to Grow Vegetables in Small Gardens

You can grow any eggplant varieties in containers in a small garden but a few dwarf eggplant varieties like round mauve eggplant, little finger eggplant, casper eggplant and baby eggplant produce small and tasty fruits in a little space.

5. Dwarf carrots

How to Grow Vegetables in Small Gardens

This type of carrots can be produced all year and are a bit sweet. You can choose to plant one or several varieties in your small garden. Select between round, white or French carrots. If you prefer to eat tender and sweeter carrots, go for the French ones that are perfect in combination with other dwarf vegetables. White carrots grow bigger – around 5 inches and the round variety has a stronger carrot taste.

6. Green beans

How to Grow Vegetables in Small Gardens

The dwarf French beans “haricot verts” are very appealing in many European countries and the USA because they are very flavorful and easy to grow even in pots. Thinner and tender than the ordinary green beans, these baby green beans can really bring some life to your balcony.

7. Dwarf Lettuce

How to Grow Vegetables in Small Gardens

A couple of dwarf lettuce varieties are available in the markets. The iceberg, salad bowl, the Red Royal oak leaf, little gem and green leaf sorts can be produced year-round and do not require much space, which makes them an excellent choice for small urban gardens.

8. Baby green onion

How to Grow Vegetables in Small Gardens

The dwarves of the green onion just taste like chives and can also be grown all year round.

9. Dwarf Avocado

How to Grow Vegetables in Small Gardens

These tiny avocados have no seed and reach not more than 3 inches in length and just an inch in width. Also called cocktail avocados, they do not require any special gardening skills to be grown and are suitable for container gardening.

10. Scallopini

How to Grow Vegetables in Small Gardens

This hybrid is available in dark green and yellow varieties and its season is from May through October. Scallopini is a crossbreed between scallop and zucchini and its flavor does not differ from the taste of its larger alternatives.

The number of miniature vegetables that you can grow in even the tiniest potted gardens is constantly increasing. Smaller alternatives to the common garden vegetables are selected by plenty of urban gardeners who know no boundaries and are eager to bring some greenery in their city homes. Take care of them by choosing some of the mentioned veggies to plant and grow by yourself and be proud of your lovely garden in the city.

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How to Grow Vegetables in Small Gardens

How to Grow Vegetables in Small Gardens

Natalie Miller is keen on gardening and loves growing all kinds of plants and greenery in urban conditions. She shares her gardening observations and thoughts, hoping to stir other urban gardeners’ enthusiasm.

Do you want to plant fruits and vegetables but worried about the small space in your garden? Worry not, you came in the right place, I will show you which veggies you can grow in your small garden. These fruits and vegetables can be grown in a small raised garden, plot or even in your pots.

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List Of Fruits And Vegetable For Small Garden

Tomato

This gardening favorite crop loves warm weather and full sun, you can plant them in a small or large container. To get more information on how to grow tomatoes in your garden, check this article.

Lettuce

Lettuce can be grown in a small container. It is one of the easiest vegetables to grow which you can grow either in full sun or shade. You can also plant them in a pot and grow them indoors.

Mustard Greens

This bitter and peppery taste veggie can also grow in a pot or a small container. They are very nutritious and can be eaten cooked or raw.

Eggplant

Eggplant is one of the gardening favorite fruit that loves the full sunlight. They are common in a place that has a hot climate. The oriental eggplant varieties can grow and thrive well in a pot.

Bitter Melon (Bitter Gourd)

Bitter Melon tastes bitter, they are well-known fruit that loves sunlight so go ahead and plant them outside. They love to climb so make sure you give them proper support. Bitter melon also has anti-diabetic properties. You can eat them from fruit to leaves.

Bell Pepper

This vegetable can also be grown in a pot or small container. Bell pepper is also very easy to grow. They prefer full sunlight so make sure you put them where sunlight can reach them.

Cucumber

Cucumber is another gardening favorite. If you are planning on planting this in a small container or a pot, make sure you don’t forget to give them proper support to climb. Don’t forget to water it every day especially in a hot climate.

Carrot

This delicious root crop can be planted in a pot with at least 7 to 15 inches deep – depends on a carrot variety. If you want to learn more information about growing carrots in your garden, check this article.

Radish

Radish is yet another easy to grow vegetable. Like carrots, you can plant them in a pot or container with at least 7 to 15 inches deep. You can also put them indoors since they can survive without the full sun. They grow fast so expect a yield once or twice a month.

Okra (Lady’s Finger)

Okra is a crop that loves a warm climate and thrives well in it. It is easy to plant and grow in a small container, once you grow them, you don’t need to water it every day since they are drought-tolerant. They are rich in vitamins and minerals and is known to boost the immune system, helps to lower the cholesterol, lowering the blood sugar and many health benefits.

Lemon

You must be wondering why a lemon tree is here, believe it or not, you can plant and grow them in a pot or a small container to produce a dwarf lemon tree. Just make sure that they get enough sunlight and keep the soil damp. Give them fertilizer when needed. If your lemon starts to bloom, they will reward you thoroughly.

String Beans

String Beans is another easy to plant and grow vegetable in a small container. When they sprout, you must create support for them since they love to climb like cucumber and bitter melon.

Spinach

Spinach is one of the vegetables that thrive in full sun but can also grow in shade. You can plant it in a pot or container. This vegetable doesn’t need a lot of maintenance to grow.

Rhubarb

Rhubarb is a well-known vegetable that is mainly found in the cold region around the world. They have a deep root system. If you want to grow them, make sure that you use a deep container to support its roots.

Conclusion

If you have a small garden, that’s not a problem, try some of the fruits and vegetables such as lettuce, spinach, radish, and lemon since you can plant them indoors. You may stick to your favorite one or plant them all.

If you find our post helpful, feel free to share it with anyone or if you have some questions, leave us a comment.

Guest post by Natalie Miller from Gardeners Oakleigh Park

If you have a very limited space but want to grow fresh vegetables then look out for these 10 dwarf vegetables. You can easily grow them in small potted gardens.

Unfortunately, not everybody who is eager to grow plants on their own is blessed with a spacious and fruitful garden. Many people give up on the gardening hobby, just because they think they cannot have a garden in their small homes in urban areas. Please, do not make their mistake. Even if you live in a little urban home or apartment, there is always a way for you to have a lovely garden – take dwarf vegetables for example. These miniature veggies grow in smaller size but are equally tasty and healthy as their full-sized varieties. Growing dwarf

Growing dwarf vegetables has become very popular recently, so their seeds are available both on-line and in most garden centers. If you are able to provide appropriate conditions for the larger duplicates, but simply lack garden space, opt for the following dwarf varieties and you will be able to enjoy an adorable but also sustainable urban garden.

1. Cherry Tomatoes

How to Grow Vegetables in Small Gardens

Cherry tomatoes are one of the most suitable vegetables for containers. You can easily grow them in small to medium sized containers and even in the hanging baskets. The yield is high and they don’t take much space too.

2. Cauliflower

How to Grow Vegetables in Small Gardens

There are many dwarf cauliflower varieties available that you can grow in pots in your small garden for higher yield. Learn how to grow cauliflower in pots here. Besides cauliflowers, you can also grow other brassicas. Dwarf varieties of cabbage and broccoli can be grown in containers quite easily.

3. Baby artichokes

How to Grow Vegetables in Small Gardens

The difference between the full-sized artichokes and the dwarf kind is that the little artichokes actually do not have a choke. You can eat the whole of them if you just peel their external layer of leaves.

4. Baby Eggplants

How to Grow Vegetables in Small Gardens

You can grow any eggplant varieties in containers in a small garden but a few dwarf eggplant varieties like round mauve eggplant, little finger eggplant, casper eggplant and baby eggplant produce small and tasty fruits in a little space.

5. Dwarf carrots

How to Grow Vegetables in Small Gardens

This type of carrots can be produced all year and are a bit sweet. You can choose to plant one or several varieties in your small garden. Select between round, white or French carrots. If you prefer to eat tender and sweeter carrots, go for the French ones that are perfect in combination with other dwarf vegetables. White carrots grow bigger – around 5 inches and the round variety has a stronger carrot taste.

6. Green beans

How to Grow Vegetables in Small Gardens

The dwarf French beans “haricot verts” are very appealing in many European countries and the USA because they are very flavorful and easy to grow even in pots. Thinner and tender than the ordinary green beans, these baby green beans can really bring some life to your balcony.

7. Dwarf Lettuce

How to Grow Vegetables in Small Gardens

A couple of dwarf lettuce varieties are available in the markets. The iceberg, salad bowl, the Red Royal oak leaf, little gem and green leaf sorts can be produced year-round and do not require much space, which makes them an excellent choice for small urban gardens.

8. Baby green onion

How to Grow Vegetables in Small Gardens

The dwarves of the green onion just taste like chives and can also be grown all year round.

9. Dwarf Avocado

How to Grow Vegetables in Small Gardens

These tiny avocados have no seed and reach not more than 3 inches in length and just an inch in width. Also called cocktail avocados, they do not require any special gardening skills to be grown and are suitable for container gardening.

10. Scallopini

How to Grow Vegetables in Small Gardens

This hybrid is available in dark green and yellow varieties and its season is from May through October. Scallopini is a crossbreed between scallop and zucchini and its flavor does not differ from the taste of its larger alternatives.

The number of miniature vegetables that you can grow in even the tiniest potted gardens is constantly increasing. Smaller alternatives to the common garden vegetables are selected by plenty of urban gardeners who know no boundaries and are eager to bring some greenery in their city homes. Take care of them by choosing some of the mentioned veggies to plant and grow by yourself and be proud of your lovely garden in the city.

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How to Grow Vegetables in Small Gardens

How to Grow Vegetables in Small Gardens

Natalie Miller is keen on gardening and loves growing all kinds of plants and greenery in urban conditions. She shares her gardening observations and thoughts, hoping to stir other urban gardeners’ enthusiasm.

You don’t need an allotment to grow your own grub – even the smallest space can give you a tasty crop with a bit of planning. Here’s some suggestions and tips on growing vegetables in even the tiniest spot.

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Small vegetables tucked in sunny locations, in containers, or even in flower borders can help reduce food costs. There’s no need to plow a large plot to supplement meal planning. Learn what to grow – small vegetables that don’t require great amounts of space are a welcome addition to the table. Vegetables grown in pots can provide a summer long crop with minimum effort. Here are some suggestions for what to grow.

Cool Weather Vegetables to Grow in Small Spaces

The vegetables suggested below are cool weather crops that can be sown directly into the soil. There’s no need for starting indoors and transplanting them later.

  • Cabbages – Oriental vegetables for small spaces include baby bok choy, sometimes known as Pak choi or toy choi. Baby bok choy is cold hardy, compact, and easy to grow. Burpee offers orient express cabbage that grows to only 4″ across. These are small and attractive even in a flower border.
  • Lettuce can add frilly green to red interest in a border. There are varieties, such as Burpee’s Little Caesar, that are good for small spaces. Burpee also sells a microgreens salad mix which would be good for growing in a planter box for continual sowing and harvesting when 1″ to 2″ tall. Their exclusive sweet salad mix can be harvested when 3″ tall.
  • Radishes, Carrots and Spring Onions require rich, loose soil to burrow and grow in. Carrot hybrids grow anywhere form 1 1/2″ long to 12″ long. Try a short variety of carrot for denser soils.
  • Garlic is as easy to grow as planting individual cloves from the grocery store. They don’t like too much water, and need to be watered when dry. Use a general fertilizer in late March and mid-May. Harvesting is in mid-August. Garlic tops are similar to spring onions, plant them in separate areas to avoid confusion.

Summer Vegetables

Many summer vegetables require a large amount of space for a respectable harvest. Some of these include corn, squash, potatoes, and beans. These can be purchased at a local produce stand and supplemented with vegetables grown in a large pot. Rather than growing multiple plants from seeds, purchase a plant for a quick start.

  • Tomato vines take a lot of space. Indeterminate tomatoes are vines that have potentially unlimited growth. Buy a tomato plant labeled “det” for determinate, meaning it’s growth will be limited, or labeled as a patio plant for small spaces including a pot.
  • Peppers – From sweet to fiery hot, your choice, a small pepper plant packs a lot of flavor, and is attractive to look at. Plants that grow about 18″ tall are a good candidate for growing in a pot or other small space.

When planting vegetables in a flower border, consider what type of flowers are growing in the same space. It’s important not to disturb the roots of perennials when digging. Adding vegetables to an annual border is easy and rewarding. May your harvest be tasty and plenteous.

How to Grow Vegetables in Small Gardens

There is a growing movement around the world towards organic, local farming. This makes sense considering the complexity and shadiness that lays behind the journey each product takes to reach us at the supermarket. Many people are even taking matters into their own hands.

Growing your own vegetables is not just a great way to ensure that your family’s produce is fresh and healthy. It can also allow you to hone important practical skills and to foster a stronger connection with the seasons and nature. All of this sounds great, but lots of people feel as if growing their own vegetables is only possible if they live in a home with a big backyard. This, however, does not have to be the case! As we have seen through the growing popularity of urban gardening, it is certainly possible to grow a good quantity of veggies in a small garden, too. All it takes is a bit of planning…

Plan your small garden space

How to Grow Vegetables in Small Gardens

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Naturally, the first step in this guide is to fully assess the space you do have. There are plenty of strategies out there to aid you in fully maximising the potential of your existing garden space, even in a terrace or courtyard. We will be covering some of the options in more detail later, but this example already illustrates the benefits that can come from planting your vegetables in pots or planters. Don’t forget to use that vertical space, either! You can even create planters on different levels in the garden, much like a set of steps.

It is a good idea to measure the space available and to take this account when considering which vegetables you’d like to grow in the garden. With intentional planning, we are sure that you can grow more vegetables in a small garden than you might think. If you’re unsure about how to approach the specific spatial constraints in your garden, you can always consult a landscaping company to conceptualise more specific designs to meet your needs.

How to Grow Vegetables in Small Gardens

You can grow a lot of vegetables in just a few square metres. A lot can be done with hanging containers and even a small balcony or terrace would be sufficient for a decent, small vegetable garden. If you don’t have an outdoor space at all, no need to despair – some good growing lights will sort you out. The primary thing to remember is that small is good. If you are just a beginner, you’ll be happy to hear that most experienced gardeners advise you to start small anyway. Perfect!

Why? We’ll discuss this later on. But first, we would like to run through a few general tips. To begin, start thinking about what vegetables you would like to grow. This doesn’t mean researching it to death, this means thinking about what you actually like to eat. Even better, think of something that’s quite expensive to buy as well. Aside from this, some leafy vegetables such as lettuce are a good investment because you can just snip off a few leaves and keep harvesting them over and over.

We will explore this in more depth later. But for now, let’s get on with exploring a step-by-step process to building a small vegetable garden. Happy gardening!

Decide which vegetables you want to grow

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After you have made your list of your preferred vegetables, do some research and find out how much room they need to grow and what kind of sunlight they prefer. In general, cherry tomatoes, spinach, beans and potatoes are easy to start with. Salad greens and lettuce are great as well. A variety of herbs are always a must and a few edible flowers like nasturtiums are good. These add colour and act as pollinators. Citrus trees can be tricky for the beginner if you want them to bear fruit.

New to veg growing? Find out how to grow your own vegetables, with our list of beginner crops.

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Growing your own vegetables is rewarding, healthy and fun. But it can be daunting knowing how and where to start. Should you start with beans or onions? Courgettes or asparagus? While it’s a good idea to grow what you like to eat, it’s also worth paying attention to how easy a crop is to grow. So, if aubergines are your favourite vegetable, why not try growing them in your second veg-growing year, as they can be tricky to grow?

Instead, it’s best to grow crops that require little maintenance, are ready to harvest within a short time, and suffer few pests and diseases. These include crops like courgettes, beans, beetroot, rocket, radish, chillies and potatoes.

How to grow vegetables

Choose a sheltered, sunny spot for growing veg. Exceptions to this rule include salad leaves and some herbs, which can bolt (run to seed) in full sun, and therefore do better in partial shade. Prepare the soil by removing weeds and adding well-rotted compost or manure, and rake level.

Only grow what you have space for. If you don’t have a large garden you can grow salad crops in window boxes, pots or growing bags. Don’t grow plants too closely together and prick out if necessary – always follow the spacing suggestions on the seed packet.

Deter slugs and snails using physical barriers such as copper tape. If possible, start off vulnerable plants, such as salad leaves and courgettes, indoors, and plant them out when they’re big enough to withstand attack. Use wildlife-friendly slug pellets (made using iron phosphate) as a last resort.

Water plants thoroughly and stake if necessary, to stop them flopping over.

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Browse our list of the best beginner vegetables to grow, below.

Beetroot

How to Grow Vegetables in Small Gardens

Beetroot can be sown direct into shallow drills in the soil, and are ready to harvest within a few weeks. ‘Boltardy’ is a popular and reliable globe-shaped beetroot. It has good resistance to bolting (running to seed), making it a perfect choice for beginner growers. It produces medium-sized roots, with smooth skin and deep red flesh.

Find out all you need to know about growing beetroot in our beetroot Grow Guide.

Salad leaves

How to Grow Vegetables in Small Gardens

Salad leaves like rocket and oak-leaf lettuce can be sown in pots and harvested on a cut-and-come-again basis, so you don’t need to tend the plants for long. You can buy several salad leaf varieties to sow together to make a colourful salad.

Find out all you need to know in our salad leaves Grow Guide.

Bush tomatoes

How to Grow Vegetables in Small Gardens

Bush tomatoes are easier to grow than cordon varieties, as they don’t need supporting and their side shoots do not require pricking out. Bush tomatoes grow well in a hanging basket or pot, both in a greenhouse and outdoors.

Find out all you need to know about growing tomatoes in our tomato Grow Guide.

Potatoes

How to Grow Vegetables in Small Gardens

Potatoes are easy to grow – simply plant them in the ground or an old compost bag, cover the leaves with soil when they first appear (known as ‘earthing up’), and harvest a few weeks later. Early potatoes (planted in early April) can be harvested in July, before hot, humid weather increases the threat of potato blight. ‘Red Duke of York’ is an attractive red-skinned variety and ‘Anya’ has long tubers with a nutty taste.

Find out more about growing potatoes in our potato Grow Guide.

How to Grow Vegetables in Small Gardens

Peas can be easy to grow. Choose a compact variety, such as ‘Half Pint’, that doesn’t require staking. They can even be grown in a container. The young tips can be trimmed and added to salads for a delicious spring treat, and are followed by flowers and pods.

Learn more about growing peas in our pea Grow Guide.

Radishes

How to Grow Vegetables in Small Gardens

Radish seeds are fairly large, so they are easy to sow and don’t need thinning out. They’re ready to harvest within just a few weeks. Radish ‘French Breakfast’ has crisp, oval, red and white roots while ‘Scarlet Globe’ is bright scarlet with white flesh.

Miners’ lettuce/winter purslane

How to Grow Vegetables in Small Gardens

Miners’ lettuce is so easy to grow it has naturalised in some areas of the UK. It provides a steady salad crop from October until March, and tastes similar to spinach.

Japanese and Chinese salad leaves

How to Grow Vegetables in Small Gardens

Japanese leafy crops such as mizuna and mibuna and Chinese mustard can be grown as cut-and-come-again leaves. They require little attention and will provide you with a variety of flavours, colours and textures to enjoy in stir fries and salads. They may be grown in containers or in the ground.

Chilli ‘Cayenne’

How to Grow Vegetables in Small Gardens

Chillies grow well in containers on a window sill or in a warm, sunny position outside. They have similar growing requirements to bush tomatoes and will continue to crop until the first frosts in autumn.

Courgette

How to Grow Vegetables in Small Gardens

Courgettes are renowned for producing an abundant crop from just a few plants. For the best results, grow your courgettes in fertile ground and water regularly, picking the courgettes when they’re no longer than 10cm. ‘Defender’ F1 is a British variety, ideal for small spaces, and is resistant to cucumber mosaic virus.

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D on’t let a lack of space deter you from growing your own veggies. Noticing the trend for growing vegetables and the rapidly decreasing space in which to do it, vegetable breeders got busy. The result is a range of miniature veggies that can be grown in pots or in hanging baskets on the patio. These are the best vegetables and herbs for small spaces.

1. CAPSICUM ‘CUTE STUFF’

This sweet golden or red mini pepper looks rather like a bright, shiny apple. The 8cm-long fruit might be bite sized, but the plant yields up to three times more than normal peppers.

How to Grow Vegetables in Small Gardens

Growing tips: Plant in a 45–60cm diameter pot, making sure it receives at least six hours of sun a day. Add compost or humus to the potting soil to enhance moisture retention. The soil must drain well but not dry out completely. Water daily in summer. Don’t over-fertilise, as plants develop lush foliage at the expense of fruit production. For the best flavour, let the fruit ripen fully and snip off with scissors.

2. CAPSICUM ‘LA BOMBA’

A jalapeño-type pepper, it grows into an attractive upright plant (56cm high and 46cm wide) with a strong, sturdy main stem and glossy green leaves.

How to Grow Vegetables in Small Gardens

Growing tips: It needs a large, deep container to accommodate its roots. Plant it in full sun and water daily in summer. Feed once a month with a liquid fertiliser. The large dark-green fruit has a thick skin and can be picked when green. Cut, rather than pull the fruit from the plant.

3. BUTTERNUT ‘HONEYNUT’

The first widely available compact butternut (10–13cm long), ‘Honeynut’ has a sweet, nutty taste and deep orange flesh. The fruit is a more manageable size and so is the vine with a limited spread of up to 3m. It produces higher yields than traditional butternut and the leaves are resistant to powdery mildew.

How to Grow Vegetables in Small Gardens

Growing tips: Plant in a large pot in full sun and train it up and along a trellis. Water plants daily and fertilise twice a month to maintain its high production rate.

4. EGG FRUIT ‘PATIO BABY’

This dwarf plant grows only 60cm high. It bears 25 to 50 eggplants per plant and starts bearing within 45 days of planting compared to 90 days with conventional varieties. The mature fruit is about 5cm in diameter, very mild tasting and with none of the bitterness of the bigger fruit.

How to Grow Vegetables in Small Gardens

Growing tips: Full morning sun (six hours) and afternoon shade is ideal. Use a rich, organic mix that drains well, water daily in summer and fertilise with a liquid fertiliser at least once a month.

5. ZUCCHINI ‘EASY PICK’

‘Easy Pick’ is popular not only for its irresistible golden and green fruit, but also because it’s easy to pick. The leaves don’t have any prickles and all it takes is a quick twist to snap off the fruit. These upright, spreading plants grow 1,3m high and wide.

How to Grow Vegetables in Small Gardens

Growing tips: Plant a single plant in a large, deep container at least 50cm in diameter. It does best with morning sun and afternoon shade, daily watering and monthly fertilising. Pick when fruit is about 15cm long. The more you pick, the more it produces. Yellowish leaves indicate a lack of food; boost with a nitrogen-rich fertiliser.

Related to growing vegetables and herbs in small spaces: Small garden ideas: Herb containers

6. TOMATO ‘RAMBLING RED STRIPE’

With its bright red fruit and slightly darker stripe, this plant takes 68 days to mature. Suitable for hanging baskets and containers, it cascades up to 60cm.

How to Grow Vegetables in Small Gardens

Growing tips: It needs plenty of light and watering every second day in summer.
Monitor the moisture as plants in hanging baskets dry out faster than plants in the ground. Start feeding when the fruit begins to set. Tomatoes can be harvested when they begin to show colour, but will be more flavourful if allowed to ripen on the vine.

7. TOMATO ‘TUMBLING TOM YELLOW’

The perfect patio partner for ‘Rambling Red Stripe’, it produces very sweet, rounded yellow cherry tomatoes throughout summer. It’s an early producer with the first fruit taking 63–70 days to mature.

How to Grow Vegetables in Small Gardens

Growing tips: A bush variety, it doesn’t need staking and looks very striking when its arching stems are loaded with fruit. Plant it in a deep, large basket or tall container in full sun. It’s resistant to fusarium wilt, verticillium wilt and nematodes.

8. CUCUMBER ‘PATIO SNACKER’

One of the first in the range of patio vegetables, it’s a suitable vine variety for large containers with small trellises. This fast-growing plant produces early with high yields of 20cm-long, dark-green cucumbers that are flavourful and crunchy.

How to Grow Vegetables in Small Gardens

Growing tips: Choose a big pot, add compost to the potting soil for a fertile mix, and water regularly making sure the pot drains easily. Fertilise when the plant begins to set fruit. For good quality, don’t allow the fruits to become overripe on the vine.

9. ‘SIMPLY SALAD’

It’s easy to grow your own mixed salad bowl. ‘Alfresco Mix’ (pictured) includes red and green leaf lettuces with rocket, endive and radicchio to give a Mediterranean flavour and look. ‘City Garden Mix’ is a mix of red and green leaf lettuces that are mild tasting and good for salads as well as sandwiches. ‘Global Gourmet Mix’ consists of green and red leaf lettuce with spicy Asian greens like mizuna and mustards.

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Growing tips: Morning sun and afternoon shade is ideal. Water regularly because drying out makes the leaves bitter. The leaves can be cut back to 5cm or harvested individually.

10. ‘SIMPLY HERBS’

This range of herbs including basil, rosemary, oregano (pictured), dill, thyme and parsley is grown from multi-seed pellets, which means that there are six to 12 young plants in each pot. The basil mix consists of three different basil varieties (Genovese, serrated and dark red basil).

How to Grow Vegetables in Small Gardens

Growing tips: Plants can be left to grow thickly on a cut-and-come-again basis or transplanted into larger pots for extended use. Grow in full sun, feed with a liquid fertiliser at half strength once a week and water regularly.

How to Grow Vegetables in Small Gardens

Are you hungering for some home-grown vegetables, but short on space? Does the sun shine brightest in the front of your property or close to the house? Well no need to pass on the pleasures of gardening. There are plenty of delicious, hardy vegetables that thrive in decorative containers, small raised beds and tiny strips of land.

Before Choosing Vegetables Consider Your Garden Climate

Each region of the country has particular vegetables that are easier to grow, or thrive during a certain time of year. If you live in the South, eggplants and peppers will have a wonderful long growing season. In the North, broccoli, peas and lettuce do well, but tomatoes can be fussier.

Gardening in dryer climates requires special care to ensure that plants receive enough moisture, while wet climate gardeners must watch for mildew and other diseases, even in small space gardens.

Decide on the Best Location

Perhaps your front porch is loaded with afternoon sunlight, or a patch of land next to the garage seems perfect for growing a small space garden. If you live in an apartment or have no land to spare, you can still enjoy the season’s bounty as long as you have a sunny deck and some large planting pots.

Keep in mind that while most vegetables do best in, at least, 6 hours of sunlight, there are a few that can tolerate some shade (spinach, lettuce), so don’t discount a potential garden spot that slumbers in late afternoon.

Prepare a Welcoming Space for Your Vegetable Garden

Raised beds and large containers make excellent homes for small gardens. To establish a bed, you can either purchase a pre-constructed frame made from wood or composite material, or build one with untreated boards, decorative bricks or stones. The ground should be leveled and weeded before you set in the frame, then covered with planting cloth, unless the natural soil is to be included in your garden.

Large container gardens can be both decorative and practical. Leafy, variegated greens look beautiful sitting along a porch or deck and, since you will be clipping and harvesting often, they can accommodate a bit of crowding.

Whether you plant your vegetables in beds, pots or directly into the ground, the soil must be well-balanced with a mixture of top soil and organic material such as compost, aged manure and peat moss. Depending on the size of the garden space and the quality of the initial soil, amendments may comprise 30 percent or more of the growing material.

Try to prepare your soil at least 3 weeks before planting time to give the garden area time to mellow.

Vegetables That Thrive in Small Spaces

Beets are easy to grow and do not take up much room. They enjoy summer sunlight and tend to be problem-free in all climates. They do well when started from seed, and may produce small vegetables within 2 months. Look for ‘Gladiator’ or ‘Little Ball ‘varieties.

Carrots are excellent for small garden spaces but do not thrive in hot weather. In warmer climates they can be planted as early as March, but it is best to wait until May in cooler zones. They can also be replanted in late summer and harvested until early winter. Salad carrots should be ready for picking within 10 weeks of planting. For small varieties try ‘Lady Finger’ or ‘Gold Nugget’.

Lettuce is always a space saver and does beautifully in pots as well as raised garden beds. The plants love the cooler months of the season, and seeds can go into the ground as early as March, with continuous plantings for ongoing harvest. ‘Little Gem’ and ‘Tom Thumb’ are small greens that may produce salad-ready leaves within 8 weeks.

Peppers take up very little space and look beautiful in decorative containers. Hot varieties are especially ornamental. In many climates peppers do best when started from plants. Warmer climates may plant in March, while cooler zones should wait until May.

Scallions are disease resistant, love the cooler months of the season, and grow wonderfully from seed in the springtime. Plant them in March/April for a harvest by mid-June. Try ‘White Portugal’ for a small white onion that yields well in small garden spaces.

Tomatoes are a sun-loving favorite that produces well with some tender, loving care. Many gardeners prefer to start with plants, rather than seeds, to shorten production time. Soil must be rich with organic matter. Planting should be in late springtime, and the tiny angular shoots that grow between the stems must be pruned throughout the garden season.

If you are planting a number of plants in a small space, try to stake or cage them early so they grow upright without too much sprawl. ‘Patio’, ‘Tiny Tim’, ‘Small Fry’, ‘Pixie’ and ‘Patio’ are good varieties to look for.

Herbs, such as parsley and chives, make excellent growing companions alongside vegetables, especially lettuce. The key is to keep them well-manicured and on their best behavior, so your small-space garden remains productive and healthy all season long.

How to Grow Vegetables in Small Gardens

There is a growing movement around the world towards organic, local farming. This makes sense considering the complexity and shadiness that lays behind the journey each product takes to reach us at the supermarket. Many people are even taking matters into their own hands.

Growing your own vegetables is not just a great way to ensure that your family’s produce is fresh and healthy. It can also allow you to hone important practical skills and to foster a stronger connection with the seasons and nature. All of this sounds great, but lots of people feel as if growing their own vegetables is only possible if they live in a home with a big backyard. This, however, does not have to be the case! As we have seen through the growing popularity of urban gardening, it is certainly possible to grow a good quantity of veggies in a small garden, too. All it takes is a bit of planning…

Plan your small garden space

How to Grow Vegetables in Small Gardens

Marylebone Courtyard

Naturally, the first step in this guide is to fully assess the space you do have. There are plenty of strategies out there to aid you in fully maximising the potential of your existing garden space, even in a terrace or courtyard. We will be covering some of the options in more detail later, but this example already illustrates the benefits that can come from planting your vegetables in pots or planters. Don’t forget to use that vertical space, either! You can even create planters on different levels in the garden, much like a set of steps.

It is a good idea to measure the space available and to take this account when considering which vegetables you’d like to grow in the garden. With intentional planning, we are sure that you can grow more vegetables in a small garden than you might think. If you’re unsure about how to approach the specific spatial constraints in your garden, you can always consult a landscaping company to conceptualise more specific designs to meet your needs.

How to Grow Vegetables in Small Gardens

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Bbc gardener of the decade, katherine crouch, shows how to plant and grow a vegetable garden in a small space. katherine uses a grow bag and wooden poles to. Compact varieties: if you must have a giant beefsteak tomato or a row of sweet corn, the space for growing other vegetables in your small vegetable garden will be limited. but even then, you can choose varieties that are bred to grow in small spaces. anything with the words patio, pixie, tiny, baby, or dwarf in the name is a good bet. just because a plant is bred to be small doesn’t mean the. One of the rules of thumb for small spaces is to choose plants that grow vertically. growing a sustainable garden doesn’t cost a lot either. you can reuse items like pantyhose and drink cups to keep your plants thriving. 1. tomatoes. tomatoes are one of the most versatile vegetables which can grow in a small space. they can be tossed in. A small space will also suffice. i have compiled a whole list of fast growing, high yield vegetables to meet your gardening goals. believe me when i say that space is not an issue; all you need is passion and patience. don’t let your small garden keep you from growing lots of healthy vegetables. Related post: small space vegetable gardening: choosing the best potting soil for your garden. in a small space garden, it’s a smart idea to grow both continual producers and fast growing one time producers to gain the maximum amount of production from your garden.

How to Grow Vegetables in Small Gardens

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Herbs – all your favourite herbs (with the exception of basil) will grow easily outside. either make a small herb garden near to your house, grow in window boxes or containers, or add them to the sides or ends of your beds. no vegetable garden would be complete without edible flowers that also act as companion plants – calendula, french marigolds, borage and nasturtiums not only bring. How to grow vegetables in small gardens. even the smallest of vegetable gardens can yield big returns. if you are limited on space but still want to enjoy fresh vegetables, you can use a variety of techniques to ensure a plentiful harvest. Even if your garden is small, that doesn’t mean that your vegetable output has to be. you can grow lots of healthy and tasty veggies with these ten high yield, fast growing plants. if you just have a small patio or deck, you are still in luck. many of these plants can be grown in containers, and some grow vertically rather than horizontally. The leaves are easy to grow and take up very little space. they can even be grown amongst other plants, to maximise soil space. using your space. if you only have a small space in which to grow vegetables, you should grow crops that will be out of the ground within a few weeks rather than months. D on’t let a lack of space deter you from growing your own veggies. noticing the trend for growing vegetables and the rapidly decreasing space in which to do it, vegetable breeders got busy. the result is a range of miniature veggies that can be grown in pots or in hanging baskets on the patio. these are the best vegetables and herbs for small spaces.

Growing Vegetables In Small Spaces

A tiny yard won’t stop you from growing garden fresh veggies to enjoy throughout the year. by getting a bit creative and choosing the right crops, you’ll see just how simple small space vegetable gardening can be! best vegetables for small spaces. since you have a small area to work with, choose vegetables that grow fast and produce a high. Vegetable garden ideas: yes, you can grow veggie patches and herb gardens in small spaces, here’s how “some small spaces might give you length, like narrow long verandas or a side path. Best vegetables for small garden the permaculture way is more about letting the vegetables pick the grower rather than vice versa. in other words, we have to cultivate the things that work best for our specific situation, based on the climate, space, sun, etc. How to grow your own vegetables in small spaces. you don’t need an allotment to grow your own grub even the smallest space can give you a tasty crop with a bit of planning. Many of us grow our fruits, vegetables and flowers in a garden that’s smaller than we’d like. if your horticultural ambitions are bigger than your plot, there are a number of clever design techniques you can use to fully utilize every scrap of space at your disposal.

How To Grow Garden Vegetables In Small Spaces

So you want to garden, but you’re not sure if you have enough space. Chances are, if you have any outdoor space at all, you have enough! A tiny yard won’t stop you from growing garden-fresh veggies to enjoy throughout the year. By getting a bit creative and choosing the right crops, you’ll see just how simple small space vegetable gardening can be!

Best Vegetables for Small Spaces

Since you have a small area to work with, choose vegetables that grow fast and produce a high yield. Plant these wherever you can find the space—in your yard, on your balcony, on a windowsill, or in hanging baskets!

How to Grow Vegetables in Small Gardens

Cherry Tomatoes: If you don’t have much yard space, look up! Hanging baskets work great for vegetables like cherry tomatoes. Choose a basket around 12 inches deep with a moss, coconut, or plastic liner (If using plastic, make sure the pot has drainage holes). Instead of planting seeds directly in the basket, use seedlings instead, which you can start now indoors. You’ll want to wait to transplant the seedlings outside until after any risk of frost has passed, which is around early May here in Iowa. Hang the basket in a sunny spot.

How to Grow Vegetables in Small Gardens

Cucumbers: You might not think of cucumbers as small space vegetables since the vines sprawl across the ground, but you can easily train them for small spaces! When they start to grow, guide the vine upward along a trellis or fence. Alternatively, you can grow smaller cucumber varieties in a hanging basket. Besides saving space, another bonus of growing cucumbers vertically is that it reduces the risk of rot and disease. Plant seeds or seedlings in a spot with full sun and nutrient-rich, well-draining soil. Like tomatoes, wait until May to plant cucumbers.

How to Grow Vegetables in Small Gardens

Leaf Lettuce: Since leaf lettuce grows so quickly, maturing in about 45 days, you can plant more than one crop. Sow seeds in spring, then again in late summer. You can also plant seeds every couple weeks until late summer for a more continuous harvest. Plant the seeds close together, about four to six inches apart. If you have a bit of extra room near one of your other vegetables, consider growing a lettuce plant or two there to make the most of your space! Leaf lettuce grows well in partial shade, so it’s OK if nearby taller plants block some of the sunshine. To harvest, remove outer leaves, allowing the inner leaves to continue to grow. Mature lettuce can taste woody, so check your plants often for leaves that are ready to harvest.

How to Grow Vegetables in Small Gardens

Radishes: Like lettuce, radishes take up so little room, you can use them as fillers in the rest of your garden. Radishes like sunny spots and rich soil. In Bettendorf, you can plant seeds starting in late March, and in three to five weeks, you’ll have a crop ready to harvest! Consider successive planting, so you have radishes all summer long. If you’re only looking to grow one crop this year, you can fill the empty space after harvesting with another veggie.

Though often overlooked, radish greens are edible too! Sauté them or try a twist on pesto by using radish leaves instead of basil. For an even healthier snack that looks like it came from a fancy English high tea, try radish and flower toast .

How to Grow Vegetables in Small Gardens

Pole Beans: Just because you have a small garden doesn’t mean you can’t stock up on veggies to last you through the winter! Use pole beans straight off the vine, or try canning them to stock up for the winter. Plant pole beans in full sun near a trellis, fence, or pole so you can train the vines to climb. Start planting them, either from seeds or seedlings, after the risk of frost has passed. Beans will be mature and ready for harvest after about 60 days. Harvest often, as consistent harvesting encourages the production of new pods.

Instead of having to rely on heading to the grocery store every time you want fresh produce, why not grow your own? By choosing the right veggies, you can enjoy an abundant harvest no matter how big your garden is. Need some seeds, soil, or starter plants? We’re now offering curbside pickup and delivery for phone and online orders right now, so get in touch to arrange your next pickup!

Updated: April 18th, 2020

Apartment living has it’s perks; no lawn to mow, no garden beds to weed. It is nice to have the “How to grow vegetables in your apartment”

How to Grow Vegetables in Small Gardens

Apartment living has it’s perks; no lawn to mow, no garden beds to weed. It is nice to have the satisfaction of growing your own vegetables though. Whether you’ve just got an indoor area, a small balcony, or if you’re lucky enough to have a rooftop, you’ll find there are a number of vegetable gardening ideas that will suit your apartment.

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Here’s how to grow vegetables in your apartment

1. Container planting

Container planting is a great option for growing vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, bush tomatoes, climbing beans, root vegetables, lettuce and salad leaves. Containers come in all different shapes, sizes and materials. Do some homework on the required growing conditions of whatever it is you’d like to plant to and check the size required. The best thing about container planting is if you do move out, you can take your crop with you.

Wooden planters – construct your own using old pallets (often free from industrial sites if you ask politely) or find some gorgeous planter ideas online

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Need some help putting your wooden planter together? Get some help from an Airtasker handyman in your neighbourhood.

Plastics planters – plastic pots are cheap and readily available from gardening and hardware stores, or you can recycle old plastic bottles to make your own apartment planters

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Terracotta and ceramic pots – they look great, especially for things like citrus and olives – but beware they can get a bit heavy

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Smart pots – made from porous, lightweight material, they encourage drainage and root growth, and can be washed and folded up when not needed

Tip: A small hessian bag will work just as well for planting potatoes.

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3. Herbs and micro-herbs in tins

Use old tin cans and biscuits tins to house herbs and micro herbs. Although they’re not technically vegetables, they are perfect for growing indoors and outdoors in apartments.

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4. ‘No dig’ wheelbarrow veggie patch

A wheelbarrow is a fantastic way to create a mini, movable vegetable patch that you can chase the sun with. The ‘no dig’ or ‘lasagna’ (layered) method of preparing a garden bed will work great for this style of gardening as it provides maximum nutrients with little effort to maintain. Follow the steps below to get started:

Step 1
Scout out a pre-loved wheelbarrow at a second hand store or pick up a cheap one from a gardening and hardware retailer. Make sure you bring your wheelbarrow to your balcony or rooftop before filling, otherwise it will be too heavy to move.

Step 2
Create some drainage by either drilling holes in the base (you’ll need to keep a container underneath the wheelbarrow to catch any excess water that leaks through), or by filling the bottom few inches with light stones.

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Step 3
Prepare the ‘no dig’ garden bed:

  1. Start with a layer of newspaper – wet it
  2. Add a layer of mulch – lucerne hay or sugar cane mulch works well
  3. Add a layer of manure – chicken, cow or horse manure work well for vegetable growing
  4. Add a layer of straw
  5. Add another layer of manure (clearly this type of gardening is best kept to outdoor areas)
  6. Add a layer of good compost
  7. Depending on how deep your wheelbarrow is, repeat

Check out the ABC’s step by step guide to No Dig gardening. If you’d rather leave the garden bed construction (read: manure layering) to someone else, get an Airtasker gardening professional to help you out.

Step 4
Plant your vegetables. It’s up to you to decide if you want to start with seeds or seedlings (for beginner gardeners, seedlings are a great head start). You can even use vegetable scraps from your crisper; they’ll do remarkably well! Try celery, shallots, carrots, lettuce and chili.

5. Root vegetables in glass

Make a masterpiece out of your indoor vegetable garden by planting brightly coloured root vegetables or herbs in a glass jar or container. Start collecting mason jars, vases or vintage jugs and try planting a spring mix of carrots, spring onions and raddish. Most root systems prefer to be kept in the dark while the leaves enjoy a little light, so tinted glass containers are ideal for planting vegetables and herbs that require a decent amount of sunlight.

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Strawberries

Not technically a vegetable, but so great to grow in an apartment that we couldn’t leave them out! Strawberries do well in containers or hanging baskets. There are even varieties that require no sun and can be completely grown indoors, such as the Alpine variety.

Don’t have much sunlight available? No worries! Mushrooms love cool, dark places. Get a complete starter kit online for as little as $20 (Enfield Produce Pet and Garden Supplies).

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Have you got any more fantastic vegetable gardening ideas suitable for apartment living? Leave us a comment below.