Use That Green Thumb of Yours! Creative Ideas to Grow a Vegetable Garden in Small Spaces

So, you’ve been procrastinating on building your dream garden because of a lack of space. Big backyard or not, a vegetable garden doesn’t need a lot of room to thrive and with the right amount of care, goodsoil and attention, you can grow the tomatoes, corn and broccoli of your dreams! Wondering how to make the most of your small gardening space? Relax, get set and garden! Read on to findsome of the best tips out there for small space dwellers who are dying to make their intimate balcony or backyard a vegetable oasis.

Keep It Simple

To have a successful vegetable garden, don’t let those expert gardeners out there fool you. You don’t need expensive equipment or a perfectly groomed backyard to grow tomatoes, squash and onions. When it comesdown to it, a first time garden should be simple and basic, requiring the right amount of sunlight, good quality soil and the appropriate amount of watering. Whether you have a narrow backyard in your San Francisco home or an intimate third story apartment balcony in the countryside, a small space will work perfectly without tarnishing your gardening dreams.

Understanding the Space You Have

Knowing how much space you have to work with is important, especially when it comes time to picking out what vegetable seeds you’ll buy. Some vegetables thrive in small spaces such as corn, tomatoes and zucchini,while others require a bigger lot to thrive such as asparagus, celery and brussel sprouts. Knowing how long each vegetable will take to grow is important too. Unless you have the patience and experience with longer growing vegetables such as pumpkins or squash, start growing salad leaves or peas first. Also, try intercropping to produce faster growing vegetables in between rows of longer growing ones to maximize your space and productivity.

Keep Those Nocturnal Critters Out

Depending on where you live and how active raccoons, deer and possums are in your area, you’ll want to invest in protective gear for your garden. Nocturnal animals can be the biggest inconvenience when it comes to your precious garden, which is why it’s so important to take necessary measures to make sure you have your carrots, lettuce and tomatoes covered and taken care of while you sleep. If deer is a problem, put a scarecrow in the middle of yourplants which should keep them away. Dried blood, human hair and clothing should keep most animals away andonions are a great deterrent for rabbits that want to munch on your carrots. If problems persist, consider playing a radio near your garden or hang wind chimes nearby.

Whether having a vegetable garden has been a long time goal of yours or a recent one, it can offer a fun hobby and a healthy habit to get into. Visit your local grocery store and experiment with their vegetables.Which ones don’t taste very flavorful? With a resourceful mind, you can grow great tasting vegetables that aren’t available elsewhere, save money in the process and best of all, have the personal satisfaction of something you’ve grown yourself.

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