With a little planning and patience, you might surprise yourself with the amount of food you can net from a small garden space.
Make a Plan
Analyze your space? Do you have room for a medium-sized raised or pallet bed? Or several long planters? A few potted plants? Think about the space you have and how much of the area you want to utilize for your garden. Sketch out a design and stick to it as you plant.
Do Your Research
Some plants need more room to breathe than others. Some types of lettuce need to be planted at least 16 inches apart while radishes only need two to three inches. Factoring details such as planting distances into your garden planning will help you make the most of your small space. By planting seeds that do not require as much space, you can stretch your square footage.
Look into plants that climb stakes or trellises. Select climbers and creepers for your garden. Tomatoes, peas, and of course, many varieties of flowers grow vertically. These climbers free up valuable real estate in your garden and are the perfect seed type to grow in a garden limited on space.
Protect your space
A smaller garden typically means fewer plants. With fewer plants, you most assuredly want to protect your seeds and plants from bugs, slugs and pesky rabbits. Take the time to guard your space. Install wire fencing, used raised beds, and utilize some old farmer tricks to keep your veggies flourishing.
Do you have a small-space garden? Share your tips and experiences with us in the comment section.
Lisa Metheny is a published award-winning outdoor writer, photographer, speaker and outdoor skills instructor. Lisa holds several instructor certifications and conducts a number of women-focused outdoor seminars on topics such as archery and hunting throughout the year. She regularly teaches hunters education and archery classes and has become an advocate for promoting traditional outdoor recreation to families across the United States. Lisa is also an avid and accomplished hunter with many big game species to her credit. She is a member of POMA and former Board of Directors member as well as a member of the NRA, RMEF, MDF and DU.
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