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Vegetable gardening in a small space

Written by Howard Siegrist

Many folks would love to grow their own fresh vegetables, but perhaps they are short on space or time. If you’ve got space for a pot of flowers on the patio or balcony, then you, too, can grow vegetables. Here are some tips for creating and stretching a small garden space.

Preferably, you want to create a garden where conditions are ideal for growing vegetables: full sun, well-drained soil, away from trees and shrubs, close to a source of water, and reasonably level ground. But even if you’re lacking in those areas, you still can garden in less-than-ideal settings.

There are several techniques for getting the most production out of a limited amount of space. Most planting charts indicate wide spaces between rows to make maintenance easier, but, instead, you can plant in shorter blocks of wide bands. Interplant a fast growing crop with a slower growing crop, so that by the time the slower grower needs more space, the faster one has been harvested. For example, mix radish and carrot seeds together when planting. Radishes grow quickly and are ready to harvest in about four weeks, so as you harvest those, the carrots have more room.



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Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.