How To: Grow Vegetables in a Small Garden

You may feel as though you’re unable to grow fruit and vegetables in a small garden. Perhaps you’re short on space, or the area is paved over? Don’t worry, as we have several tips and tricks to turn your small garden into a space that will produce a productive patch year after year. Whether you’re starting from scratch or just looking to improve your current setup, check out our ideas below.

How To: Grow Vegetables in a Small Garden

Grow Vegetables in Containers & Hanging Baskets

Hanging baskets aren’t just for trailing plants; they can also be used to grow a wide variety of vegetables too. As they don’t take up any floor space, they are perfect for many vegetables and salads such as Lettuce, Rocket, Spinach, Herbs and Strawberries. Due to the elevation, they are protected from pests such as snails, slugs, rabbits and other animals that may want to nibble at your crop. Just make sure that the hanging baskets are attached to a wall that receives a good amount of sunshine, such as south and east-facing walls. 

Plant pots and containers are other viable options as they can be moved around with ease throughout the year to make the most of the sunshine. Pots and containers are especially useful for those who have balconies or patio gardens as they don’t require raised beds or borders. When growing in pots it’s worth choosing dwarf varieties and shallow-rooted plants such as Lettuce, Radish, Garlic, Spring Onions and Leeks. It is also possible to grow Tomatoes, Chillies, and Peppers in containers as long as they have some support from canes or wire frames.

Grow Vegetables in Raised Beds

If you have a little more space in your garden it is feasible to create a raised bed vegetable garden. These can be made using wood, bricks or sleepers for the frame and then filled with top soil mixed with multipurpose compost. Raised beds offer easier access along with better drainage and faster warming of the soil in spring and summer. Even a 4×4 foot patch can grow an abundance of vegetables and can be integrated with flowering plants to encourage bees and other pollinators to your garden. Just make sure to rotate the crops every year so pests and diseases don’t build up. This is especially important for growing potatoes.

How To: Grow Vegetables in a Small Garden

Grow Vegetables in a Vertical Garden

Utilising climbing crops will help you make the most of your limited space – they can cover fences and walls, be trailed over pergolas and draped over ladders, stands or pallets. Trellises can even be created with a handful of garden canes secured at the top to form a tepee shape. With this, you can grow Pole Beans, Cucumbers, Sugar Snap Peas, Strawberries and some varieties of edible flowers. Top tip, if you have a wall that is a little shady, you can paint it white to reflect light and warmth back towards any climbing wall plants.

You can keep your small garden producing lots of veggies throughout the growing season by planting a series of crops in succession. Start with early-maturing crops in the spring, followed by mid-season and late-summer vegetables that will continue to produce until autumn. The same technique can also be applied to one type of crop – by planting fast-maturing foods 2 or 3 weeks apart. This works well for things such as beans and radishes. 

At Holt Garden Centre we stock a wide variety of vegetable seeds from Mr Fothergills and Johnson’s, so you will be sure to find something that you like.

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