We are always looking for ways to grow more food in our small garden. I would like to share seven strategies for maximizing our growing space in the form of seven simple tips. To accomplish these, you might need some gardening supplies.
The first tip is growing in garden beds instead of roads. Growing in beds maximizes the amount of growing space related to walking space. For example, a four by eight potato bed has 32 square feet of growing space. But if we planned it in single roads with walking spaces in between, we only have about 16 square feet.
Additional spaces can be achieved from a key-hole bed, which allows access to all crops but only has a small inlet or key hole in the middle. Thereby it can significantly increase growing space related to walking space.
The second one is to optimize spacing between beds and plants. We decided to make a central path in our garden that is 25 inches wide. We free up lots of growing spaces which are still wide enough to carry buckets of compost and mulch around the garden. The beds between the beds on either side of the garden are only 18 inches wide. You’ll find this width be just right. When it comes to plant spacing, we’d like to plant crops as close as we can.
The third one is to grow vertically. This may be the best space-saving tip of all. If you’ve ever seen the squash or pumpkin plants spread on the ground, you’ll know how much space would be saved by growing vertically. We grow a wide variety of tomatoes, peas and pumpkins. Growing these plants vertically frees up a lot of room for other crops.
The fourth tip is to grow in plastic flower pots and containers. The greatest thing about pots and containers is that they allow you to grow where others couldn’t. So you can have a garden in your patio, deck or in other places. We will go for eggplants and peppers.
The fifth tip is growing in the shade, at least partial shade. Even if you have a garden in full sun, you may grow even more by planting leafy greens, mushrooms and more in partially shaded areas.
You can also grow fruits in your front yard. It is a pity that all that space go to waste. You can plant some food in the front yard as part of your landscape.
Last but no least, the last one is succession planting, which is a great way to keep a bed continually producing. One example of succession planting is potato beds. As potatoes’ harvest is drawing near, we’ve already planned what would take their place. After the harvest, we plant rutabagas for a late summer and fall harvest. We choose it because it is important to consider one crop with a related crop.