Small-Space Vegetable Gardens: Growing Great Edibles in Containers, Raised Beds, and Small Plots by Andrea Bellamy“Size matters! Andrea Bellamy shares creative ways to grow a wide array of vegetables, fruits, and herbs in diminutive settings, year-round.” —Debra Prinzing, author, speaker, and podcaster
Small-Space Vegetable Gardens explains the basics of growing a bounty of edibles in a minimal amount of space. Andrea Bellamy shares all the knowledge she’s gained from years of gardening small. You’ll learn how to find and assess a space, how to plan and build a garden, and how to sow, grow, and harvest the 60 best edible plants. This hardworking and enthusiastic guide will help you take advantage of the space you have—whether it’s a balcony, a patio, a plot in a community garden, or even a small yard—to create the food garden of your dreams.
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There's little in life that's more satisfying than the crunch of fresh veggies grown right outside your door! Whether you're a gardening newbie or have a seasoned green thumb, raised beds are a great way to make that happen. These simple structures offer some serious advantages: For starters, the soil can be catered to your needs, as you will be filling your beds rather than using what's already available. This dirt is also then protected by walls, meaning it's never stepped on and compacted and therefore drains excess water easily. Lastly, the soil in these beds warms more quickly in the spring, giving you a longer growing season.
Is your garden bed a twin size versus a king? Or maybe you have no land at all, and only a tiny balcony or patio. No problem. As long as you can find a sunny location, either on the ground or in mid-air, you can satisfy your appetite for freshly picked produce. Even in a small 4-foot by 4-foot bed like this, you can grow plenty of vegetables. Photo by: Arina P Habich Shutterstock. A rooftop, alleyway, front porch, and even a fire escape are all viable spots for growing vegetables.
Imagine harvesting nearly half a ton of tasty, beautiful vegetables from a byfoot plot, pounds of tomatoes from just square feet, or 20 pounds of carrots from just 24 square feet. Yields like these are easier to achieve than you may think. The secret to super-productive gardening is taking the time now to plan strategies that will work for your garden. Here are seven high-yield strategies gleaned from gardeners who have learned to make the most of their garden space. Expert gardeners agree that building up the soil is the single most important factor in pumping up yields. A deep, organically rich soil encourages the growth of healthy, extensive roots able to reach more nutrients and water. The result: extra-lush, extra-productive growth above ground.