They said that anything that is growing is good for the soul, mind and body of a person, and I do believe in that. A lot of us love to do gardening because it gives us a sense of peace, calmness, and serenity by just watching and seeing beautiful flowers and plants of different colors surrounding our own home and garden. People love to garden, we notice that during Spring time, people whether young or old, walking the aisle of every garden centers. They are trying to look at different kind of plants hoping to find the kind of what they could put in their garden. I always admire beautiful and neat gardens, with different designs and structures. It amazes me how a lot of people put so much time, effort, and of course money, just to beautify their gardens.
Gardens with limited space can have a lot more potential than we ever realize, we just need to use a little creative thinking on how we can transform the space we have into a more useful and bountiful garden. We can use some simple tips or ideas for a small backyard vegetable garden to make it look neat and beautiful.
Easy Garden Plan
Bigger space is not always the best in the world of gardening. Small spaces always requires little time to plant and maintain, which gives you more time to enjoy your garden, compare with the bigger ones. Any space is just enough for any garden, as long as we put our hearts into it and make the best of it.
It is always the location which is the first important thing to do when planning a garden, just pick the right spot and from there you can start visualizing the garden you want. The way to be satisfied with a small backyard is to choose the kind of plants that you think will give you more crops to harvest, and at the same time gives you enjoyment along the way. You will just need to get the supplies you need like containers, garden soil, organic matters, compost or fertilizers, hand rake, seeds or baby plants ( from the garden center).
Square Foot Gardening
Square foot gardening is basically a way of dividing the area where plants will grow into a small square parts. It is a simple way to create and manage a small garden. You can put on different kinds of plants on each section, and they said it produces more and uses less water and takes only little of your time to care for it, meaning this idea is more efficient.
Grow in Containers
There are certain sizes of container you have to use for specific vegetables. Large plants need bigger containers because they need more space while growing, small containers cannot store enough water that the roots needed during the hot weather. Make sure to get the right size for your specific plants to grow healthy and strong. You can also use small wooden barrels, pots, buckets, or even baskets, anything that holds water are good to use for planting. Vegetables that can be plant on containers are tomatoes, beans, broccoli, carrots, cucumbers, eggplants, onions, potatoes and peppers.
Window Boxes Garden
Growing veggies in window boxes meaning no yard to maintain, less space to occupy. It will look so pretty having a line of veggies and herbs on your kitchen window ready for your cooking. The kind of plants for window boxes are radishes, leaf lettuce, spinach and green onions. If you don’t have that much space, and if you live in an apartment or small condo, this a good way to go.
Small Garden Beds on the Ground
Plan to create a new vegetable bed in a small backyard depending on how much size do you want to cultivate, or where you want to put them. There are a lot of garden ideas we can create to form a nice and bountiful veggie garden.
Dig the soil and clear of any remaining debris there may be on the ground. Break up the soil surface, loosen them, and once it is done, ammend the soil with some organic matters such as organic garden soil, organic compost and fertilizers. We want to us organic matters for our vegetable plants in order for us to enjoy organic and healthy harvest. The kind of vegetable we can plant are squash, potatoes, watermelon, tomatoes, peppers, and eggplants.
If you choose to plant climbing vegetables such as beans, bittermelon, squash, or cucumbers, their vines need something to climb on like trellises, a fence or nets with wide holes. It will save you some space because these types of vegetables can grow and climb vertically, and you can just easily train them where you want them to go. Trellises or a lattice is made of inetresecting pieces of thin woods, and its a little expensive, but if you do it yourself, like I do, it is much cheaper and bigger. But if you want to go cheaper you can just use bamboo poles and secure them on top together with a garden tie, around maybe 6 pieces or each climbing plants.
Enjoy the Best Of What We Can Have
With the cost of all vegetables rising, plus the fact that they are all covered by too much pesticides and insecticides, planting our own veggies is a much better idea than buying them from the groceries. If the weather and the season permits, we can all just do it on our own. These several types of home vegetable garden ideas, can be easily apply in our own small vegetable garden in the backyard, and it is really no problem even if you have small space.
A vegetable garden is a wise thing to do especially in this economy that we have now. Small spaces doesn’t mean you can’t have the garden you want. Don’t think that because you don’t have that much garden space, that would mean not much of a harvest. Vegetable gardening even on a smaller space can produce bigger crops.