Are you planning to start a small vegetable garden at home? Great idea! Nothing replaces fresh veggies when it comes to healthy food. With your small vegetable garden, you will get organic, garden-fresh vegetables with juicy flavors and lively textures.
To put you at ease, we share the following guide for planting and caring your home vegetable garden. We’ll also help you choose the best veggies to grow in your small veggie garden.
Choose the Right Location
A perfect location is a key here. Choose a location with:
Enough Sun Exposure
Most vegetables often require six hours of direct sunlight daily. More sunlight means a better harvest and bigger and tastier vegetables.
Good Soil and Water Drainage
Soft soil is great for vegetable plants because plants easily penetrate the soft soil. Choose a location with nice loamy soil and enrich it with compost to fulfill its nutritional needs. Proper drainage is also important. Water should neither stand still for long nor should drain away too quickly.
Don’t choose a place that is prone to flooding during heavy rain or a place that dries out a lot. Also, don’t choose a place with strong winds which may knock down your saplings. Plant your veggies in a location that gets enough sunlight, rain, and wind, but not too much of these.
Choose the Right plot Size
A good size for a small vegetable garden is 16X10 feet with crops that grow easily. Make it 11 rows wide with each row 10 feet long. Each row should run north and south to get enough sun exposure.
Suggested Vegetables for Small Vegetable Gardens
Below are the most common and productive plants that are easy to grow. Plant according to:
- What you like to eat.
- The climate in your area.
- The best time for planting them.
The shallot is a member of the onion family. Just one set of shallot planted in the garden will develop into 5-6 shallots. You can store this veggie well over winter.
Lettuce is an excellent plant if you are considering a container garden. It comes in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors. The key is to mix different varieties of lettuce, like Little Gem, Lolla Rossa, and Merlot. It grows from seed to salad in around 45 days.
This small round veggie takes a bit longer to grow. So, choose small early varieties like round Paris Market’s or Nantes. You can choose Chanteney carrots, which are a bit expensive, but is a delicious and sweet carrot variety.
Grow this tiny, sweet vegetable in beds, hanging baskets or borders. It’s a great choice if you’re a beginner to tomato growing.
Purple Sprouting Broccoli
Keep picking the small florets and not stripping one bare. The veggies will be ready to eat by late winter or early spring when there’re less other veggies around to eat.
Plant one clove and you’ll get a whole bulb. It’s easy to grow and gets ready to eat quickly.
Other vegetables you can grow: Beets, pumpkins, eggplant, pepper, cabbage, corn, squash, and potatoes.
Tips to Grow and Care your Small Vegetable Garden
Space your plants adequately
Pay attention to spacing your plants to ensure the proper sunlight, water, and nutrition.
Use the best-quality seeds
A few extra bucks spent on seeds pay off in higher yields during the peak harvest time.
Watering your plants in the correct amount is very important for their growth. Too much or too less water is dangerous for plants.
Harvest at the Right Time
Don’t plant your veggies too late or too early. Follow a good seasonal planting guide to know the best time for planting your vegetables.
When plants grow larger and produce high yields, many of us stop weeding. But, these annoying tiny invaders use their portion of nutrition you provide to your plants. So, weed them out by time to keep away plant-destroying ants and insects.
Bonus Tip: You can use containers, baskets and window boxes for your plants. You can choose different geometrical shapes for your small vegetable garden to make it look appealing.
Last but not the least, use the right tools and stick to our guide for the best harvest. It feels so satisfying watching your very own saplings growing into plants and giving you fresh and organic food.