Kitchen Gardens For Small Spaces
If you're short on space but big on ideas, you may find a few useful tips on how to grow a kitchen garden on your balcony or other small garden area. You may not get a full sized cucumber vine going, but there are plenty of smaller vegetables and herbs which will grow beautifully in a small space and provide you with fresh produce.
The first thing you need to do is to look at the space you want to grow vegetables. They will need at least six hours of sunshine to grow. If you arent getting that much sun, is there something else you can do such as grow in moveable containers that can be shifted easily around your apartment? Some vegetables will grow well in dappled shade or reduced sunshine – are any of those appealing? Check out our article on ten vegetables that will grow in part sun or dappled shade
A handy rule of thumb is that if you grow a plant for the fruit or the root, it needs full sun. If you grow it for the leaves, stems, or buds, a little shade will be just fine.
Plant a One Pot Vegetable Garden
A single container can give you fresh produce all summer if you choose your plants carefully. How about this combination for a summer standby – you'll never go hungry as long as you have pasta and you'll always have the ingredients for a home made Bloody Mary. Try planting basil, tomatoes, chillies and chives in a single large planter. These are easy to grow, all require similar fertilization and water and are hardy.
Similar options are for a salad garden where you plant tomatoes, lettuce and your choice of herbs in a single planter pot and you'll have fresh salad greens all summer long.
How To Grow Vegetables In Pots
When you're buying seedlings to plant into your pots it can be tempting to overdo it. remember that although the pot look large, your vegetables are going to grow. By mid summer as they hit their peak you may find that some of your vegetables are actually quite large.
Make sure that your container is large, that it has adequate drainage and that there is enough room for the plants to grow. A fair space for a small salad garden or the tomato, basil and chilli combination above is 2 feet tall, 2 feet wide and 3 feet long.
You'll want to make sure that your pot gets plenty of sunshine, unless of course you have selected plants which will grow in a little less sun and with dappled shade. Typically you will want a spot which will receive 6-8 hours of sunshine per day for kitchen gardens for small spaces to flourish.
Use fresh potting mix of good quality and add water saving granules if you're living in an area that gets little rain (or you're likely to forget to water your pots). Make sure that you only place your pot outside once you are sure that the last chance of frost has passed, otherwise you may find that your plants die.
How To Grow Vegetables In A Few Square Feet Of Garden
How much space do you have? If you have a 2 foot square patch of ground that you can free up as a vegetable garden, plant a tomato. If you choose a variety which gives off plenty of fruit you will have fresh tomatoes all Summer to add to salads, pasta and to give away to freinds and family when you're tired of eating them.
If you have another foot of space, plant your tomato and then add three basil plants along one side. Your tomato will have room to grow and your basil means that you will never run out of the ingredients for pesto on your pasta. A great summer combination for a small area and you will reap the benefits of organic harvest.
If you have an extra foot of space, making your garden a four foot square kitchen garden in a small space, then add other herbs you like, chives or cilantro are a good option. Down the outside you can plant out a single cucumber vine, although make sure that it is a dwarf variety as cucumber vines will spread. Another option is lettuce varieties, you can have a variety of lettuce and salad greens to add to your fresh garden produce.
What vegetable combinations have you used to create a successful kitchen gardens for small spaces?