Your small garden can grow and yield much more, if you know how to make the most out of it. Is this hard? Of course not. You just need to know a few ground rules and you will be good to go. In this hectic world of today, nothing will give you more satisfaction than harvesting your own organic vegetables and herbs for use in your kitchen. Sounds like fantasy especially for the urban folks, but if you have a garden, you can use the tips in this article to make it much more productive.
Tip #1: Grow vertical plants if you have a small garden
I bet you already know this, but listen, there is no harm at all in repeating a good idea one time too many. Think… a plant like tomato is a climber meaning that if you let it grow vertically; it will leave you with more space to grow other things that need more space. Thus, plant your tomatoes and when they start climbing, provide a climbing stick for the plant such that it grows upwards, instead of falling all over the ground. Other plants that grow vertically include squash, peas, melons, pole beans and many others.
Tip #2: Grow everything together – you will be surprised!
In Africa, people have a tendency to grow everything together in the same small piece of land. Now, this is a bright idea that you can adopt if you would like to grow more in a small garden. Consider a case where you would like to grow corn, beans and tomatoes in the same small garden. Beans and tomatoes are climbing plants and therefore they can use the stalks of the corn for survival. In addition, if your garden is fertile enough, you can even make a wider hole and plant everything in the same hole. Lovely, edible neighbors they would make, no?
You would however have to make sure that the crops you would like to mix up are compatible. Lettuce, peas, beans, squash and basil are compatible. And so are many others.
Tip #3: Succession growing
Succession planting is one of the best ways to harvest even more than three crops in one season from the same small piece of yard. How does this work? It is very simple. Find a crop that does well in your area, and matures in as fast as 4 weeks, or 6 weeks. Immediately after harvesting, go ahead and plant another crop that matures in, say, 2 months. To be successful in succession planting, you will need to grow seedlings in a nursery and transplant them, which makes the, grow faster in the garden than when you plant a seed directly into the soil.
Tip #4: Don’t plant in rows
Rows take a lot of space and only people with big enough ground can enjoy such luxury. You do not have that. Thus, try different patterns rather than following rows to fit more crops. For example, expert gardeners say that if you follow triangular patterns, you can fit in up to 15 percent more crops in your tiny farm.
Tip #5: High quality seeds
This is very important. No matter how much ground you have, if you do not go for the best quality seeds and fast growing varieties, you will not enjoy higher yields. Never plant blindly, always seek advice. Thankfully, most of this information is readily available on the internet and from experts like us. Come for assistance, we will help you.
Finally, your soil pH, nutrients, drainage and so on matter a lot. If you do not have the best, you will not get the best harvest. That small, 40sq feet garden can give much more yields. Try these few tips today, thank us later.