When laying out a small vegetable garden, plant the largest vegetables in the center of the garden, add smaller vegetables around the perimeter, and only plant vegetables that will be eaten regularly. Grow vegetables in a small space or even on a balcony with information from a sustainable gardener in this free video on gardening.
Hi, this is Yolanda Vanveen, and in this segment we're going to talk about layouts for small vegetable gardens. Now you don't have to have a house in the country or acres of land to grow a vegetable garden. All you need is a sunny spot. And you can even grow one on your back deck if you live in an apartment and you don't have a lot of space. Or if you live in an older folks home and you have a little plot in the community garden, you don't need a large area to have a great vegetable garden. So when you're laying out your vegetable gardens, I try to follow some rules. If it's a really small garden, you might not get away with growing corn, but then you might too because corn needs at least three feet to three feet to grow. So if you put that in the center of your garden, then you can still put all types of vegetables around it. Or if it's still that small and you only have a small container, than go for some smaller vegetables. For example, peas, snap peas are great for gardens and they need very little space. They make a vine and then they can only be three inches apart. So you can always grow them up to a fence or you can grow them in a little container and make a teepee for them to grow up and it doesn't need a lot of space at all. Different plants like spinach and lettuce too you can mix with your other plants. And as long as they have five inches between them, they will grow very easily. So they're one of the easy, easy vegetables to grow. And even plants like cauliflower and carrots don't need a whole lot of space to grow. So even by putting them next to each other, or making a zigzag with your plants, as long as they're only six inches to a foot apart, you have plenty of room. So when you're laying out a small vegetable garden, remember less is more. So only grow the plants that you know that you will eat. So grow vegetables that you enjoy and that way you can make your own salads and your own kitchen and enjoy the fruits of your garden even if it's only three feet by three feet wide.