Successful Vegetable Gardening in Small Spaces

Successful Vegetable Gardening in Small Spaces
by Pat Lowe

You don’t have to have a huge vegetable garden that has many plants in it. Many people don’t have a lot of space to have a big garden, but usually you can find at least a small area to have a vegetable garden if you have a bit of sunlight.

People develop gardens in various small areas – it could be a tiny bit of land outside a house, or pots in planters kept indoors or outdoors. How well you treat your plants and how skilful you are at gardening are issues that are far more important than the amount of space you have. Even a little garden can compete with a large one, if the gardener’s expertise is applied well to growing the plants.

Make sure that you put some thought into a vegetable garden design to make sure you use all of the space available. Take a bit of time to do some research on the various plants you plan on growing in the garden as well. Figure out which ones are going to need special care, if some of them need more sunlight than others, and if there are some of your plants that won’t grow well next to other types of plants.

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When you have all this information, you will be able to make the right decisions about where to grow your plants and whether you need a patch of land or whether a pot or planter will do. It is also important to know the right time for planting in each case. Make your plans according to the order in which your plants need to be grown.

Now you’re ready to purchase the plants or seeds, whichever you choose to grow in your garden. Make sure you have the right size planters for your garden if you go with gardening pots. The plants need some space to grow, so don’t overcrowd them.

Make sure you use top quality potting soil. Your plants could use the extra effort to provide them with the nutrients they need to grow and thrive. Your local gardening center can help you decide which soil would be best for you to use.

Even gardens grown in small areas will have problems with insects that feed on your plants. There are several ways you can keep these pests under control.

Encouraging lizards, birds, and frogs in your garden can help, since they are predators of insects. Keep water nearby to attract these predators to your gardening area. Also, there are a variety of common household items that can help you keep insects at bay, including garlic, special soaps, and hot pepper.

There are certain kinds of soil available that come with pest-repelling ingredients – try these out. Pesticides are one option, but go easy on these and only use what is strictly necessary – after all, they are injurious chemicals, with detrimental effects on the health not only of the plants, but of animals and children, too.

Whatever size a garden is, loving care is extremely important. Maintain control of weeds, keep the soil aerated and water your plants regularly. A garden won’t do well unless the gardener looks after the plants correctly. Don’t leave your plants to the tender mercies of the elements!

To sum up, vegetable gardening in small spaces is a distinct possibility and you can produce beautiful plants just as a big garden can. Optimize the area that you have and look after your plants so that they do well. Knowledgeable care and attention will do wonders for your garden.

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