Small Vegetable Garden Ideas For Limited Space

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These small vegetable gardens can be made organically, using sustainable methods and produce is great for helping to improve the world we live in. Salad greens such as arugula (baby spinach), baby sweet potato and curly leafy greens such as collard greens, dandelion greens and kale are very easy to harvest in just forty days and you can easily pick off the tops as you use them. 

Other small vegetable gardens are designed for specific varieties, like creating a salad space for tomatoes or creating a vegetable space for carrots. Other varieties of vegetables are hardy and thrive in large areas, so it is a good idea to have a planting plan in mind before you start. There are many great small vegetable garden ideas that are available and can be used successfully even if you live in small spaces.

Choosing Containers And Plants

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With the many varieties of herbs and vegetables available it is easy to get overwhelmed when it comes to choosing containers and plants for your small vegetable garden ideas. One of the most popular small vegetable garden ideas is using decorative containers that come in many sizes. Containers come in a variety of shapes including hexagons, round, square and rectangular. Some containers come with a built-in perforated bottom to allow for drainage but some come with no holes at all. When picking out pots and containers, keep in mind that the size of the container will determine how much room you have for growing food and how much waste you produce.

If you are looking for small vegetable garden ideas that include larger annual crops then you will want to consider root vegetables. Root vegetables are very easy for most gardeners to care for and grow. Some popular root vegetables include carrots, cauliflower, turnips, potatoes and onions. These vegetables will provide year-round meals and are easy on the soil. If you are not an expert gardener or do not have a large area to work with then root vegetables may not be the best choice for your garden.

Use Lettuce And Other Leafy Greens In Containers

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Another option for small vegetable garden ideas is to use lettuce and other leafy greens in containers. These leafy greens can be used in salads, sandwiches, wraps and as a tasty snack. One of the benefits of using leaves is that they are easy to eat and do not need to be cooked before you put them on a plate. When planning your small plot of land, you will want to know what type of crop you plan to plant so that you choose the right sized plants for your plot of land.

There are several other small vegetable garden ideas that involve edible flowers and plants. Edible flowers can be planted in either a bed or in containers. Some popular edible flowers that can be planted in containers are alfalfa, bell pepper, chervil, chives, citrus, grapefruit, kiwi, mums, orange, parsley, Rosemary, sunflowers and weeds. 

Edible Flowers And Plants

Some people choose to plant both edible flowers and plants and use one for their garden only and the other as a small vegetable garden for a part time. You can also plant an assortment of both flowers and vegetables in one large mixed planting.

Many gardeners like to experiment with growing vegetables in small containers using limited space. Containers are an economical way to get fresh vegetables indoors without the risk of disease and are easier to maintain than traditional garden beds. Most gardeners choose a mix of flower and vegetable growing in either a raised bed or in a small pot filled with dirt in the bottom.

Final Words

Growing vegetables in small pots is not very hard if you plan carefully and give your plants good drainage. Most indoor vegetable gardens need to have good drainage in order to stay healthy. The vegetable roots rot because water does not reach them and they are unable to absorb the water and minerals from the soil. Watering is a problem with most plants, unless you provide a waterfall type system with good drainage.

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