If you are one of those growing breeds of urban gardeners, who are itching to have a vegetable of your own, but are riddled by space crunch, then you have reached the right place. Here are seven vegetable garden ideas for small spaces that will make your dream of growing a kitchen garden come true:
Climbers to optimize space
Vertical gardens not only yield more but also help overcome space constraints. Beans of all varieties, tomatoes, squash, and melons are best grown on fences, cages, and trellis. This arrangement saves time and is also maintenance-friendly. As the distribution of air and sunlight is even, fungal diseases are less likely to attack the foliage.
Planting in triangles
Staggered or zigzag arrangement of plants gives 15% more space than its square counterpart. However, before planting, factor in the space required for a full-grown fruit and provide ample space between consecutive plants. This will increase yield and decrease the incidence of fungal attacks.
Raised and step beds
Step plantations are a great way to save space and cash in on resources. Green leafy vegetables can be planted this way. They need ample sunlight and water that can be provided when planted in a ladder-like arrangement of wooden beds.
Picking compatible combinations of vegetables for inter-planting helps optimize your resources and effort. For instance, when you choose corn, beans, and squash for interplanting, the corn stalks support the climbers like beans and creepers like squash grow on the soil bed. This way, they do not compete for resources and help utilize space to the maximum. You could also try onions, basil, and tomatoes as another combination.
Fast-growing plants can be interspersed with slower ones, so you may harvest one and immediately plant another. You can harvest more plants in a single area using the growing season.
Beginners are always advised to plant rather than sow. Plants are more likely to survive and produce a better yield. Seeds, on the other hand, take longer to grow, and you lose out on the precious growing season. Also, the space estimate with seeds is more, as you will also be planning for a no-show.