Any gardener wants to have a healthy garden that will produce abundant fruits and vegetables. Whether you have a small or large growing area, the key to success is maximizing the potential of your garden. Learn these methods to make the most out of your space and have a high-yielding vegetable garden.
Methods for a High-Yielding Vegetable Garden
Growing more in the space you have
Maximizing the space that you have is one of the secrets in growing more crops and having an abundant harvest. It is also a great help when you have limited space.
It is also tempting to plant as much as possible so that you can grow more; resulting in overcrowding the plants. Instead of an abundant harvest, this will affect the plants’ growth and will lead to a disappointing yield. GrowVeg shares a tried and tested method for growing more crops successfully.
Choose Crops that Yield a Lot
Crops that yield a lot are often plants that produce many fruits over several weeks. You will encourage the plants to produce more every time you gather their bounty. Even those plants that are harvested in once every season can produce vegetables over many weeks, like lettuce and broccoli.
Grow Plants Vertically
If possible, grow plants vertically. This is the single best method to make the most out of your garden space. Peas and beans produce a very high-yield, and providing them with a trellis will prevent them from sprawling over the other plants. There are many other vegetables that you can also grow vertically, like squash vine, tomato, cucumber, etc. This gives you a healthy yield that does not take up a lot of space.
Include Quick-Maturing Crops
Planting quick-growing vegetables in between rows of slower growing plants allows you to grow more than just crops in the available space. Radishes, lettuce, and other salad veggies are good examples that you can grow early in the season. Succession planting is a great way to have a high-yielding vegetable garden. You can plant a second ‘succession crop’ once your main crop has been harvested.
Another way to maximize your growing area is to use containers. This method is not only space-saving, you can also use this to decorate your garden or patio. Using attractive containers, herbs and salad crops can be placed near the kitchen or on a sunny patio. You can even grow more crops indoors to help free up your vegetable garden for bigger crops. Proper maintenance is the key to success with container gardening. Containers will need more frequent watering then crops planted in the ground.
Square Foot Gardening
The best-known method for growing vegetable in small areas is Square Foot Gardening. This is a very productive method to achieve a high-yielding vegetable garden in a small space. Deep enough soil that is rich with high nutrient compost and moisture retentive is essential for this to work.