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Three Ways To Get Big Yields From A Small Garden

Use Raised Beds Instead of Flat Garden Rows in Your Small Garden

Single rows of plants is the mainstay way of planting vegetables, but it is not the most efficient way. That’s because for every row, you must leave walking space between before the next row. That is a waste of a lot of space that could be used for growing crops. Planting raised beds or even beds on the flat soil will produce more and use less space. You can grow crops in several rows spaced closer together (as wide as you can reach) before stopping to leave a walkway.

Round off the Middle

Adding extra soil to the bed and rounding it off to form a small hill can add even more space to your planting area. Depending on the size of your “bed” it can give you 2 to 4 feet of extra planting area. Even in small beds that small difference can add pounds of more food to feed your family. My Grandpa Bird always planted his cucumbers, squash and potatoes in mounds of dirt. It allowed for more plants and let him harvest early new potatoes without destroying the whole plant, which was left to keep growing potatoes for the fall harvest.

Think Up

Once the ground around your feet is planted, it’s time to start growing up. Most often the space above your head is overlooked. Trellis and hanging baskets are two very simple ways to add growing space to your vegetables garden. A sunny wall or fence is a great place to place a vertical garden. Plant your peas, cucumbers, green beans at the base of a trellis and watch them grow.

This is a very handy tool for vertical gardening.  In the top openings, you can grow herbs, radishes, lettuce and other small veggies.  In the lower spaces, place some climbing bean and/or cucumbers.

Be on the look out for an old pallet, they make excellent planters for small items such as lettuce, herbs and onions. Just lean them against your fence or wall in a sunny spot. They are like magic for growing small vegetables such as radishes, chives, beets, or salad greens. Hanging baskets or growing bags [made of canvas, burlap or any sturdy material, that drains] can hold strawberries, dwarf varieties of cucumbers or green beans.

Don’t give up your dream of having a vegetable garden if all you have is a small garden space. Use your imagination and see what you can grow. Growing even 4 produce items and rotating them year around, can make a big difference in your family’s food budget. Plus think of all the salads that can come from your special small garden space. Your friends will be envious of you and your ingenuity.

Growing Food That You and Your Family Eat

raised bed vegetable garden _Lori L. Stalteri

Growing what you and your family eats is the best way to be certain you are getting the foods your body needs.

In today’s supermarkets, you can find foods from all over the world.  In most cases they were harvested days or maybe weeks ago.  From the moment they were harvested, they begin to loose their food value.  Not knowing when they were taken from the growing space, allows you to make bad choices for you and your family’s meals.

Growing food that your family will know is organic and healthy is the best way to keep their bodies active and growing.

In a space no larger than a small bedroom, you can grow what you eat, for 10 months out of the year in most locations.  With a little time and effort, your family can have fresher food than is available in most supermarkets of the world.

Growing what you eat can be a beautiful thing

Growing what you eat can be a beautiful thing

If you do not have space in your yard or have no yard, try container gardening.  As long as you have a staging area that gets 608 hours of sunlight, you can still grow many food items.  It can be a patio, driveway, or balcony and there is no need to buy containers.  Lots of veggies can be grown in clean cans, mop buckets, garbage cans, strong cardboard boxes and even old laundry baskets.

Learning to grow what you eat is the best gift you can give your family.