Garden / June 1, 2018 / Oriane.
As summer approaches, many of us look forward to the unmistakable taste of fresh, locally grown vegetables and fruit, especially those that come from our own soil. For those of you who would like to grow food but have limited space, do not despair. Your dream of home grown food is still within reach. You may be wondering how to grow vegetables if you have little to no space with full sun exposure, but many vegetables will tolerate partial shade, and a few could even be considered shade vegetables as they would not tolerate full sun exposure.
A small space should not limit your garden or your imagination—hanging baskets, containers, window boxes, espaliered fruit trees. They are all great ways to made a big gardening impact – even on the most limited high rise balcony! Here are some considerations and expert techniques when planning your small garden. Small spaces for gardening may include apartments, town homes, condos, as well as rental homes, retirement homes, and community garden plots. However, a small garden space may also be a small space within a larger garden.
Fertile soil that retains nutrients and water is one of the keys to success with intensive planting, which is a fancy way of saying planting a lot in a little area. America’s intensive-growing tradition has two fathers: John Jeavons and Mel Bartholomew. In his classic 1974 book, How to Grow More Vegetables Than You Ever Thought Possible on Less Land Than You Can Imagine, Jeavons introduced Americans to French intensive-gardening techniques, notably deep soil preparation through double-dug beds and intensive crop-planting patterns. Seven years later, Bartholomew offered a new way to think about these patterns in a classic book of his own
If you must have a giant beefsteak tomato or a row of sweet corn, the space for growing other vegetables in your small vegetable garden will be limited. But even then, you can choose varieties that are bred to grow in small spaces. Anything with the words patio, pixie, tiny, baby or dwarf in their name is a good bet. Just because a plant is bred to be small does not mean the fruits will be small or the yield will be less.