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Getting More from Your
Vegetable Garden Space

By March 28, 2012

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Gardeners with limited space have to make choices, especially in the vegetable garden. But having unlimited space isn't always a blessing. We vegetable garden with our appetites in mind and we're all tempted to plant more than we can possibly take care of. There's always a cell pack of something I didn't think of earlier, that I toss into my cart, bring home and then try and squeeze into a corner of my garden. By late August, I'm vowing to only plant bright colored vegetables, so I can find them under all the leaves.

There are a few methods to help you get the most out of whatever space you have in your vegetable garden, without stuffing in so many plants there's no room for air or sunlight. They are four different ways to plant crops in succession and they require a bit of juggling and forethought, but you'll have continual harvests with little extra effort. Every garden requires some maintenance and succession planting sure beats deadheading and pinching in the flower garden.

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April 18, 2010 at 1:34 pm
(1) Nicola says:

A good way around this is Square Foot Gardening. Last year, I had my 2 Squares, and my boyfriend had his big traditional garden, and mine was much easier to maintain. He occaisionally was overwhelmed in his ‘jungle’.
I first found Mel Bartholomew’s book in my local library, and later bought the updated edition. The website, squarefootgardening.com is a great way to get the basics, as well as feel like a part of a community (if you’re so inclined)
Another option is the GROW BIOINTENSIVE(TM) method of food production which apparently is another non-profit worldwide project. You can find out more about this as I did, through the catalog / website: bountifulgardens.org, or at http://www.growbiointensive.org

April 19, 2010 at 1:31 pm
(2) Marie Iannotti says:

You’re right, Nicola, Square Foot Gardening is a good way to stay organized, while growing a lot of vegetables in a small space. I plant in blocks, so I guess I use a modified form of it. I gave up rows years ago. I’ve just never been disciplined enough to stop tucking in more plants.

Both web sites are worth checking out. I know many people swear by biointensive gardening, but there is no way I am going to double dig. I much prefer raised beds.

April 21, 2010 at 7:51 pm
(3) agee says:

i must agree….the square foot gardening method is great and produces beautifully. i’ve been using this method for 6 years now and couldn’t dream of gardening any other way.

March 28, 2012 at 12:36 pm
(4) dot says:

i tried square foot gardening, but it mutated and it almost became square acre gardening! we have a small plot now, but it seems too small at times, because of course, i have 3 kinds of peppers started and havent even got to the tomatoes. ahh well, it’ll all work out somehow i guess. hooray for spring!

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