Small Space Vegetable Gardening Ideas- By: Jamie Mathwig
Spring will be coming soon, and those of you buying condos, townhomes, or even single family homes where it is not possible to have a large garden may be disappointed in your lack of space for growing fresh vegetables.
However, it is possible to have an impressive garden in a small area if you choose and space your plants with care and/or do some container gardening. Fresh vegetables could be easily available to you if you put some thought in your garden arrangements.
You need to start with good soil, sunlight and water. If you're container gardening, you'll likely be getting all your soil from the local nursery. If you've got a small plot of land, however, you may find that a generous mixture of high-quality soil will help your plants get the start they need.
Sun-loving plants need at least 6 hours a day of sunlight, so it is best to make sure that these are advantageously placed and that shade loving plants have the greater share of any area that does not get sun so much.
While rain may help moisturize your plants, you must ensure that they get a steady supply when there is no rain – or shelter them from too much water if you experience a deluge!
If you have space for a garden on your property, combining your plants is a good way to maximize your available space. Planting fruits and vegetables together can produce a strikingly attractive garden area. It also helps to know what plants like sun and shade, as you can put a shade-loving plant in the shadow of a taller one. Do some research to find which plants do well with each other; many also complement each other at a meal. Tomato and basil will grow happily together, as will the early-harvested plants (spinach, peas) and later-harvested plants (broccoli, peppers).
For those with no outdoor plot of land, container gardening can yield up impressive results for a relatively small outlay of time and money. Containers, provided they are big enough, can comfortably fit many vegetables. Herbs have long been grown in containers and can even share a big container with a companion vegetable. Containers also give you the advantage of being able to place your plants where they will get the proper amount of sun and water.
Small space vegetable gardening can yield up delicious, perfectly ripened vegetables for the better part of the year. By carefully using what space you have with containers, companion planting and careful placement of plants with different requirements, you can have an impressive garden, even on a windowsill.
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