A small garden may be limiting in the scope of plants that you can grow in it. Does this mean you will let the small size of your garden prevent you from enjoying the benefits and satisfaction of gardening? I believe not. Actually, you can make your garden seem bigger. Use certain techniques that we will discuss shortly.
There are many benefits of small gardens. A common phrase that great things often come in small packages could prove true to small gardens. Gardening beginners will find it easier to manage a smaller garden compared to a larger one.
Similarly, you can pay more attention to fewer plant populations. This will guarantee their productivity. Besides, you can control plant pests and diseases more easily if you have few plants to care for.
Back to our main topic, here are 7 easy tips to get the most of your small garden:
Tip 1: Grow Plant Varieties You Cannot Buy Locally
The desire of every gardener is to grow everything they need. Using this approach will actually limit your production. “Why,” you may ask. Plants do compete for nutrients. In most cases, different plants have different nutritional needs. Planting different varieties of garden plants can exhaust the nutrients quickly. The result is that you will make little of everything.
A good tip that will help you get most out of your limited garden is to only grow plant varieties which you cannot find in your local grocery. If you eliminate the things you can buy from your garden, you will have the chance to optimize the production of those rare plants.
Tip 2: Adopt Vertical Gardens
When we talk about small garden we mean the area of open ground where plants can grow. To boost the productivity of your small garden, grow your plants upwards if you cannot grow outward. Gardening upwards is the trick to allow you take advantage of more than just the horizontal surface surrounding you.
There is more to than just increasing the number of plants you can grow. Vertical gardening also adds texture and interest and offers the feeling of being surrounded by the serenity of green. Plants that grow upwards are easier to tend. Besides, it is easier to minimize plant pests and diseases in a vertical garden.
Tip 3: Plant in Raised Beds
It is no secret that raised beds to provide efficient and effective ways to boost the production of a small garden. The conventional raised beds will provide added space on the sides for growing. The modern frame design raised beds do not confer this advantage.
Nevertheless, the plants that grow at their edges grow over the sides. This way, such plants leave space for additional vegetables and fruits to grow at the top. In addition to improved functionality, raised beds are elegant and therefore will become the focal point of your garden.
Tip 4: Tiered Planters
Tiered Planters have revolutionized home gardening. Not only do they look beautiful, they also offer extra space for the growing of garden plants. Since you will be growing plants on tiers, the horizontal space available will not be an issue.
A mixture trailing vines and shrubs look extremely breathtaking. they also provide additional areas where edible leaves and fruits can grow. While you can buy a tiered planter, with minimal skills you can build yours to save money. You can make homemade tiered planters from the information you gather online.
Tip 5: Plant in Containers
Growing garden plants on containers is advantageous than planting them on open ground. Among the many advantages is the portability the container offers. You can move it at will to the desired location, even indoors if you prefer. You can also move it to create space for other garden plants should there be a demand for additional space.
A good tip is to use both small and large sized garden containers. This will give an illusion of larger space with great greenery. You can change the positions of the containers depending on the kind of flowers that grow in them. This will help you achieve the desired landscape.
Tip 6: Grow Compact Varieties of Your Favorites
Some garden plants are available in different varieties with different growth characteristics. For instance, Zucchini is available in at least two varieties. The first variety is huge and spreads like pumpkin. The second variety is small but bushy. A space that could only accommodate three plants of the first variety of Zucchini can be used to plant four of the second variety. Yet it will still leave more space for herbs.
Both will, however, produce the same fruit yield. Conduct research to understand the growth characteristics of different varieties of your favorite plants. This so you can choose a compact variety to maximize the output of your garden. You should also go for varieties with shorter growing times.
Tip 7: Try Companion Planting
Some plants have the tendency to grow well if planted with particular companions. Other plants may actually impede the growth of the ones they are planted together with. Learn the plants that encourage the growth of each other and plant them together. This will boost their production even if your garden is a relatively small one.
For instance, you can plant tomatoes with lettuce under them. The lettuce will act as natural mulch to the tomatoes. Tomato leaves will act like shades to the lettuce to shield them against the hot summer temperatures.
Having a small garden should not kill your gardening spirit. Using the tips we have provided you with, you will find it easier to achieve the most out of your small garden. Experienced gardeners know these secrets and that is why you will wonder how they do it. Practice them each time you plant. That little space that you despite could be the most productive garden you can ever have.