Making the Most Out of a Small Space

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There is a common misconception that you need to have a huge sprawling garden to be able to grow vegetables, but that is simply not true. Even the smallest of gardens can grow sumptuous vegetables.  By utilizing the space you have available you can grow a wide variety of climbing vegetables. Whether you have a gazebo, a trellis or just an outside wall you can plant some truly succulent vegetables, which will produce not only food, but also some amazing flowers too.

Runner beans are a great plant to start with; all they need is sunshine and fertile soil. They also produce flowers, which are certainly a welcome addition to any garden. For runner beans you need to either make a wigwam, lashed together with string at the top, or create a parallel row of canes, which are firmly secured to a horizontal cane running along the top. The best time to plant Runner Beans is a week before the last frost; these plants are originally from South America so die out every year after the frost. Runner beans need to be watered particularly heavily, but twice a week in dry weather.

Japanese cucumbers, which will reach several feet, are a more demanding vegetable, and require different types of fertilizer at different times of the development, although all the hard work is certainly worth it, especially when you get to taste your produce. Although not widely known, several of the smaller pumpkin species, including trailing pumpkins, can be grown vertically. These are easy to grow and even easier to cook and enjoy! Marrows will also clamber over fences, or up trellises. All you need to do is prepare the soil well, with lots of fertilizer.

There are hundreds of things that you can grow up a trellis over a wall and even up a gazebo, so this spring make the most out of the space you have!

5 Responses to “Making the Most Out of a Small Space”

  1. meemsnyc Says:

    You can also take advantage of vertical gardening in small spaces.


  2. Forsythkid Says:

    I think it was Mel Bartholomew (http://www.squarefootgardening.org/whatissfg#!__whatissfg) who really got things going in small spaces with his ‘square foot’ gardening techniques!


  3. Karen Says:

    I started growing vertical and the results were great. I am going to try cantaloupe on a trellis this summer. It is a great space saver.


  4. Tiffany @ No Ordinary Homestead Says:

    Hello, This is an absolutely fantastic blog here. In a small garden as a gardener you can pay attention to detail and keep top of maintenance. To get started, I wanna try runner beans. I actually host a weekly gardening link up every Friday on my blog. I’d love for you to drop by and join in.


  5. Ambrose Lynds Says:

    Small gardens are quite cute and i always use them in our home and appartment. Despite their small size, they are quite nice to the eyes and gives you a relaxing atmosphere. `:`,.

    Have a great day!
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