Table of Contents

Small Space Vegetable Gardening Tips And Tricks

Embrace the Tiny Trowel: Secrets to Big Harvests in Small Spaces

I’ll admit it – when I first decided to try my hand at vegetable gardening, I was intimidated. As someone who had only ever admired gardens from afar, the idea of transforming my measly little patio into a lush, productive oasis seemed downright impossible. But then I stumbled upon the wise words of Mark Ridsdill Smith, a self-taught expert on small-space veggie growing, and my whole perspective shifted.

Turns out, you don’t need acres of land to enjoy the fresh-picked bliss of homegrown tomatoes, crisp lettuce, and fragrant herbs. In fact, with a bit of creativity and know-how, even the tiniest urban nook can become a veritable vegetable Valhalla. And let me tell you, there’s nothing quite like stepping out your back door to harvest the ingredients for tonight’s salad.

So if you’re ready to ditch the supermarket and tap into your inner green thumb, grab your smallest trowel and get ready for a crash course in small-space veggie gardening. Trust me, your taste buds (and your wallet) will thank you.

The Vertical Veg Virtuoso

When I first connected with Mark, he regaled me with tales of his early days as a gardener – a time when he was striving to cultivate a bountiful harvest on nothing more than a cramped London balcony. Back then, the internet wasn’t the treasure trove of gardening knowledge it is today, so Mark had to learn the ropes the old-fashioned way: through trial, error, and a whole lot of creativity.

“I had no direct practical experience, so I was making a lot of mistakes,” he admits. “But I found that growing food on one level is something you can keep learning about for the rest of your life – and on another level, it’s actually quite simple. You just have to give it a go and not worry if everything doesn’t work out.”

And that’s precisely the mindset Mark wants to impart on budding small-space gardeners. Because the truth is, with a little innovation and a willingness to think outside the (planter) box, anyone can transform even the tiniest urban oasis into a veritable vegetable wonderland.

Take his own front yard, for instance – a small concrete space that most would write off as a lost cause. But not Mark. Instead, he got to work, adding layer upon layer of wall shelves to elevate his plants and maximize his sun exposure. He even repurposed a ladder to create a vertical growing system above his garbage bin, turning what was once wasted space into a thriving green oasis.

Vertical Veg Varieties

Of course, when it comes to small-space gardening, not all plants are created equal. That’s why Mark is a big proponent of choosing compact, high-yield varieties that can make the most of limited real estate.

“I really like dwarf tomatoes for growing in containers,” he enthuses. “There are now 140 varieties of heirloom-style dwarf tomatoes available, with a mature size of just 4 feet. It’s the best of both worlds in a small, tiny package.”

But tomatoes aren’t the only space-saving superstars in Mark’s repertoire. He’s also a big fan of climbing beans, which can utilize all that precious vertical space, and leafy greens like chard and kale, which thrive in containers and deliver a steady stream of cut-and-come-again harvests.

And let’s not forget about the power of perennials. Mark swears by the likes of rhubarb, currants, and gooseberries, which come back year after year without hogging precious square footage. Plus, they add a pop of color and interest to any small-space garden design.

Conquering Container Conundrums

Of course, when you’re gardening in tight quarters, container choice is key. As Mark explains, “It’s much harder to grow in small plastic pots. You really want to use the largest pots you can, especially for fruiting plants like tomatoes.”

But it’s not just size that matters – the composition of the potting mix is crucial, too. With the looming ban on peat moss in the UK, Mark has become a pro at using peat-free alternatives like coir and composted wood chips. And he’s found that these more sustainable mixes hold their structure better, allowing him to reuse the same soil for up to five years with just a little added fertilizer.

Proper drainage is also essential, as containers can quickly become waterlogged if they don’t have the right setup. Mark recommends adding plenty of drainage holes and using a finger to check the moisture levels before reaching for the watering can.

“Watering is really important to plant health, as well as just simply keeping them alive,” he says. “But it doesn’t have to feel like a chore. It’s a pleasurable thing to do.”

Companion Planting Power

Of course, small-space gardening isn’t just about maximizing your square footage – it’s also about creating a thriving, symbiotic ecosystem. And that’s where companion planting comes into play.

“Growing edibles among your flowerbeds can create a mosaic tapestry of colors and scents that confuses insect pests, making it difficult for them to find the veggies or fruit they want to feed on,” Mark explains.

He’s a big fan of tucking in frilly lettuces, cabbages, and runner beans alongside his ornamental plantings, not just for the visual interest but for the practical pest-repelling benefits, too. And don’t forget about the power of flowering herbs like sage and thyme – they attract beneficial insects that can help keep those pesky aphids at bay.

But Mark cautions against going too overboard with certain space-hogging crops like berries and root veggies. Those are better off in dedicated beds or containers, where they can thrive without crowding out your more delicate ornamentals.

Grow, Eat, Repeat

One of the biggest perks of small-space gardening, in Mark’s opinion, is the way it can transform your relationship with food. After all, when you’re harvesting fresh greens and juicy tomatoes just steps from your kitchen, it’s hard not to be inspired to get creative in the kitchen.

“Growing salad greens and herbs right outside your door will change the way you eat – for the better,” he enthuses. “I found that having a garden also changed how I eat, because I was picking food just about every day for just about every meal.”

And the benefits extend far beyond the culinary realm. As Mark points out, tending to a small-space garden can be incredibly rewarding, both physically and mentally. It’s a soothing, meditative practice that can help you reconnect with nature and find a sense of tranquility in even the busiest urban environment.

Plus, it’s a great way to build community. After all, who can resist the allure of a lush, verdant oasis in the middle of the city? Mark has found that his front-yard garden is a magnet for curious neighbors, who are always eager to swap tips, seeds, and the occasional harvest bounty.

So whether you’re short on space or simply looking to add a little more greenery to your life, I’d highly recommend taking a page from Mark’s playbook and embracing the joys of small-space veggie gardening. With a little creativity and a willingness to think outside the (planter) box, you might just be surprised by what you can grow – and how much joy it can bring to your life.

And who knows? Maybe one day, you’ll be the one inspiring your neighbors to ditch the supermarket and get their hands dirty. After all, as Today’s Gardens has shown us, the key to a truly remarkable garden is often found in the smallest of spaces.

Today’s Garden is Garden and Landscape Company, provides all you need about Garden and Landscape Design to get better garden decorations.

Contact Us

General Contact :
[email protected]

Information :
[email protected]

Subscribe For Great Promo

Join with our subscribers and get special price,
free garden magazine, promo product announcements and much more!

© All rights reserved 2022