There’s nothing like small vegetable gardening. You can grow many vegetables in a small space and have the beauty of the greenery as part of your backyard.
How to Grow?
When you first start to plant your small vegetable garden, you will need to prep the soil. This means removing all of the stones, weeds, and debris from the area you’ll be planting your vegetables in.
Once it has it all cleaned up, you can start to make rows. These rows should be about a foot apart from one another as to allow the vegetable plants sufficient room to root and grow.
Make the rows with trenches so when you water or when it rains, the water won’t run away from the plant but instead into the plants. This will help keep them well hydrated in the hot summer heat.
After you have your trenches, you are ready to plant the seeds. If you are planting different vegetables in your small vegetable garden, consider planting one vegetable per row.
What this will do is create an even more beautiful display. You will have different greenery mingling together with each row.
Once you have your seeds planted, water it well and let the sun do its job.
Before too long, you will begin to see plants grow. These will start out lush and green as they grow large. However, once the vegetables begin to grow, you will start to see beautiful flowers where those vegetables will end up forming.
It’s just amazing how small vegetable gardening can end up being a botanical garden in your backyard. You may even be a bit sad as the flowers start to disappear, but then your delicious vegetables will replace them.
How to Savor the Beauty of Small Vegetable Gardening
How can you savor the beauty of a small vegetable gardening experience? Take pictures of them. You can take pictures of the entire garden. This will show all of the greenery and then the colorful small flowers throughout.
You can also take photos of individual flowers because if you look closely, you will see the detail each flower holds. It’s simply amazing how these beautiful flowers turn into beautiful vegetables.
You can also photograph each plant individually. This will give you a nice portrait of a full bloom of your vegetable plant. You may even want to show some of the soil at the base of the plant to show how high it’s grown.
Need a little more convincing? Check out pictures of small vegetable gardening at various stages. You will see how each stage is beautiful in its own way.
Also, consider looking at different types of small vegetables since each one has different leaves and flowers. You may like one type of vegetable plant over another to make your small vegetable gardening experience superb.
Spring Is the Season
This spring, as you get ready to start planting, consider small vegetable gardening. You may just find that its the most enjoyable type of gardening you have ever done.
Don’t worry if its already well into the spring season or summer has already arrived. Many types of small vegetables can be planted later in the year and still produce the beauty and the taste sensations you seek.
Many people will read this and think that small vegetable gardening isn’t beautiful. These people are not gardeners. It takes a special type of person to appreciate the beauty of the vegetable plant.
To go from a seedling to a flourishing plant to a tasty snack or meal is magical. It’s nature at it’s most lovely and healthy state.
Home Vegetable Gardening One Square Foot At A Time
Intensive gardening is practiced in several forms in home vegetable gardening. One method is called square foot gardening and is the invention of Mel Bartholomew, who invented it to grow more crops in less space.
The premise of square foot gardening is to grow crops planted close together, grouped by the square foot. Within each square foot, the plants are spaced depending on their mature size.
Raised Beds Style
Vegetables are planted in raised beds that are constructed with wood or masonry sides and are filled with rich garden soil, compost, peat moss, and manure. The soil at ground level can be left as is, tilled or turned over to increase the depth of the garden bed.
The beds are worked from the sides and the soil is never walked upon. This is important in all types of intensive gardening. Compacted soil requires the roots of plants to struggle to spread out, while loose, fluffy soil that is never walked upon makes it easier for plants to send their roots out.
Home vegetable gardening using the square foot method takes advantage of succession planting, intercropping and vertical growing methods.
Succession planting is the planting methods where the garden that just gets a crop harvested will being planted with another crop in the same area. No area of the garden is allowed to lay fallow; warm season crops follow cool season crops for continuous use of the available garden real estate.
Intercropping is the practice of growing two or more crops in the space where one would usually be grown. The best example of this practice is the three sisters method, used by Native Americans. Planted in the same bed, pole beans climbed up corn stalks, while squash vines rambled along the ground, providing a living mulch that discouraged weeds and kept the soil evenly moist.
Another practice of square foot gardening is to stagger the planting of specific varieties of vegetables so they come into maturity in stages, rather than all at once. Large crops of vegetables that mature at the same time create a surplus of produce, some of which is inevitably wasted. Staggering the planting of all types of vegetables produces a continuous harvest and very little, if any, goes to waste.
More Spaces Required for Larger Size Vegetables
Larger vegetables such as tomatoes, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, and eggplant all require more space than one square foot. They are usually spaced 18 to 24 inches apart. This gives them ample space to grow and produce a mature crop.
Vertical crops are grown on the north side of the garden bed on trellises constructed of PVC pipes and black nylon garden netting. Peas, pole beans, cucumbers, melons, squashes, and tomatoes are planted along the trellis, taking up much less space in the garden than if grown on the ground.
Because crops are planted one square foot at a time, it takes very little time or effort to maintain the garden, including weeding, fertilizing, and planting an additional crop after harvesting another.
To use the square foot method for home vegetable gardening, construct beds that are 4 by 4 feet or 4 by 8 feet. If not against a fence, they can be 4 feet wide by whatever length you desire. Speaking from personal experience, beds longer than 12 feet can tempt the gardener to tip-toe across the bed, rather than walking the length of the bed to get to the other side.