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Can I grow veg in my small garden?

Producing your own fruits and vegetables is an enjoyable and rewarding way to make use of your garden. Nothing can compare to the flavor of fresh fruit picked from the trees or the crunchy vegetables gathered from the ground.

However, getting started can be intimidating. This is why I have created a beginner’s guide to cultivating your own vegetables, fruits and even herbs. It includes everything you’ll need as well as the top 10 tricks to your success in growing!

Can I plant vegetables in my tiny garden?

The short answer is yes. Herbs, fruits and vegetables can be grown in any size garden so long as you’ve got a sunny area. There isn’t a need for lots of space, or space. You can also plant plants in containers!


Even the smallest of gardens need enough space for a small vegetable plot. I suggest making distinct beds since they are easier to maintain and stay in check with the weeds. Make sure the beds are narrow and the rows shorter.

If you’re extremely short of space, you can grow your own fruit and vegetables in your flower borders.


This is referred to as potager. It is a form of French kitchen garden in which ornamental and edible plants are mingled together. It’s less efficient, but it is a good alternative for smaller spaces where space is scarce.

Growing in containers

Many vegetables thrive in containers placed on the patio or on the balcony. It is important to choose big containers, such as wooden planters or half barrels.


Find large pots that are open for leafy vegetables like salads and pots that are deep to grow veg in the underground like the potatoes and carrots. You can plant tomatoes and tender vegetables directly in grow bags too.

Here are my top 5 recommendations:






Additionally, fruit bushes are great containers! Here are my top five:






10 strategies for achieving greater success

Produce vegetables and fruit that your family and you enjoy eating.
Pick a sunny, open location.
Make sure you know the soil type and then use raised beds or containers when you require.
Always make sure the soil is well prepared Get rid of weeds and stones, and then dig it up to strengthen the soil’s structure.
Improve soil quality by digging up compost and leaf mould. Create the compost yourself!
Do not sow too soon – be patient until the soil has heated up.
Grow fast-growing varieties in containers to speed up harvest.
Sow just a few seeds each two weeks, rather than all at one time for a lengthy harvest.
Be sure to keep everything well-watered, particularly in dry times.
Implement a rotation of crops to avoid developing pests and disease.

Deciding what crops to plant

The first rule to follow when you are gardening is to cultivate things that you actually consume! Make a list of your top fruits, vegetables and even herbs.

It’s likely to be a long list. Therefore, reduce it to something that you can manage by marking off:

Anything that doesn’t fit your soil kind of soil
Anything that requires lots of space, especially if you only have a tiny lot
Anything that is too young to be able to thrive in your local area
Everything you can purchase cheaply is worth making use of space for growing food items
For instance, carrots require an extremely rich and deep soil in order for good growth. If you’ve got poor soil with sandy particles, mark the carrots off your list and think about surface crops such as beetroot.

Are you unsure of where to start? Here are my top tips for beginning students.

Seeds to sow vs plug plants

Sowing seeds – durable

The cheapest method to grow vegetables is to start seeds. The plants that are hardy, or those which can withstand frost and snow, must be planted directly in the soil in the area where they will develop. Most vegetables fall in this category.

The sowing should be left until the soil is warm in the spring. For a general indication to ensure that your grass is growing again.

How to sew drills (straight lines)

Create a straight line in the soil by nailing an extension of string between two stakes made of wood. Make use of the end of a hoe in order to create an incline into the soil in the same depth as the seeds have to be planted.

In the drill, water is used to ensure that the soil is wet (seeds require this in order to grow). Plant the seeds according to the directions on the packet.

Make use of the hoe to press it back inside the drill, and gently press the soil down. Make sure to mark one point at the end prior to taking the string off.

Follow the instructions for sowing on the packet exactly to the letter, and pay attention to the spacing guidelines. If you plant too close to each other, they’ll produce smaller crops.

Sowing seeds – soft

The tender plants are susceptible to being affected by the effects of frost which is why it is recommended to start indoors before being transplanted in the garden when they’ve established. Follow the directions included in your seed package, and wait until the end of spring or early summer before putting them into the garden. The tender plants include tomatoes, aubergines , and peppers.

Be sure to dry off any plants grown inside! This involves acclimatizing them to outdoor conditions prior to planting them in the garden.

When the seeds are ready for planting in the garden, begin taking the pots out during the day , and bring them inside at evening for a week, or two. Then , you can put them outdoors.

Plug plants

A lot of gardeners do not want the stress of germinating seeds, so they opt to buy plant plugs instead. These are plants that are just starting out that can be planted directly into the gardens. They cost more to purchase than seeds, but the work is done for you. Make sure to know the fact that plants with plugs are offered in fewer varieties than seeds .

You could always make use of the seeds of a variety of plug plants to reduce costs.

Fruit plants to buy

Soft fruit bushes such as raspberries are typically sold as canes that require planting in the period of dormancy between the seasons of autumn and spring.

You can also purchase container-grown bushes which can be planted any time throughout the year, however, they are usually planted around the end of spring when it is time for the first fruits to emerge. Strawberries are also in this category.

Fruit trees such as apples and pears must be planted in the dormant period unless you purchase containers grown versions. If you’ve got a tiny garden , but you want an apple tree, search for varieties that are small enough to be grown in containers. If your neighbors don’t have fruits, think about buying self-fertile trees for your fruit trees to ensure plenty of fruits. Visit your local garden centre or nursery for recommendations.

Making the soil ready

Good crops need good soil. The majority of vegetables and fruits prefer soil that is well-drained with moisture, well-drained and moist, having neutral acidity.

There are exceptions like blueberries, which require acidic soil.

These plants are best planted in containers that are filled by the ericaceous (acidic) organic compost.

For the most crops you require a balanced, high-quality soil.

Soil improvement agents

Incorporating the right amount of organic matter will enhance the soil’s structure and provide nutrients to the plants. Some vegetable farmers include well-rotted manure in fall – ask an agriculturalist in the area to provide manure for you.

The majority of vegetable gardeners include compost or leaf mould. These are the most common soil enhancers that are available at garden centres however, you must begin building your own compost in case do not already! It’s simple and gives you an ongoing (and free) supply of additional nutrients to help boost your plants.

It is possible to dig mulch or leaves into the top inches of soil for in a few weeks prior to planting your most vegetables. Sprinkle some general-purpose compost all over the top and rake it up.

It is also possible to spread organic matter on the soil’s surface surrounding established plants to create mulch. This lets the nutrients be absorbed into the soil and also helps to keep moisture in the soil and stop weeds from in their growth.

Crop rotation

Vegetables are part or “families” of plants that have a lot in common to one another. However, this also means they are equally susceptible to diseases and pests.


If you plant the same crops in the same place each year, pests and illnesses will accumulate on the ground. This is the reason gardeners practice crop rotation. Simply put, it means changing the crops so that you can plant different varieties of plants at each location.


It also ensures that the soil does not deplete. Certain crops are extremely ‘hungry and take large quantities of nutrients from soil. In the event that you are planting hungry plants in the same area they will not develop similarly. For instance, brassicas such as cabbage are plants that are hungry. Therefore, a typical crop rotation method can be to grow them in the same place you planted beans and peas in the past year.

These plants are able to add nitrogen to the soil while they grow, which makes it an ideal location to grow crops that are hungry.

It is important to note that crop rotation does not have to be applied to perennials that are in the same spot year after year , such as artichokes and rhubarb.