If you are one of those growing breed of urban gardeners, who is itching to have a vegetable of your own, but are riddled by space crunch, then you have reached the right place. Here are 7 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 constraint. 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 then provide ample space between consecutive plants. This will increase yield and decrease 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 for 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 instances 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 that you may harvest one and immediately plant another. This way you can utilize the growing season to harvest more plants in a single area.
Beginners are always advised to plant rather than sowing. Plants are more likely to survive and produce 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 be planning for no-show as well.