Most of us dwell in small spaces at one stage or another in our lives. We also adore the idea of having our own little patch of land or at least a small garden in some form. But did you know that you can easily start your own sustainable garden in a small patio, deck, or backyard?
Even if you don’t have a lot of space, that doesn’t mean that your vegetable output has to be limited, too. In fact, there are plenty of plants that will thrive in small boxes or pots.
One of the rules of thumb for small spaces is to choose plants that grow vertically rather than horizontally. Growing a sustainable garden doesn’t cost a lot either. Many of these plants can be grown in recycled containers. You can also reuse items like pantyhose and drinking cups to keep your plants thriving.
The fruits of your labor will be freshly picked and tasty addition to your meals which will make a big dent in your grocery bill as a bonus.
To get you started with some basics in your own little patch, here's a round-up of the best vegetables that grow well in small gardens:
You can grow shallots in pots that receive full sun with rich, loose soil. These sweet little onion relatives are easy to grow and relatively fuss-free.
You can plant garlic in wide, deep containers that are set in a nice sunny spot.
You can grow some kale in a container and harvest it after approximately 7 weeks. It will provide constant picking for up to 10 months.
Broccoli can be easily tamed to grow successfully in a pot. A container size of at least three gallons should be provided for every broccoli plant grown.
Potatoes can be grown in a pot that can handle 3 or 4 potatoes being planted out onto the soil and at least 12 inches of growing space for the roots. You'll be able to harvest roughly 20 potatoes in just over two months.
Lettuce grows fast. You can yield a crop of lettuce in only 45 days. Lettuce grows best in a container garden, but you can even grow it indoors.
Beetroots are well suited for container gardens due to their ability to grow in almost any climate or soil condition. Use containers with a depth of at least 10 inches.
Spinach can be easily grown in containers or indoors on a windowsill. For growing spinach in a pot, choose a pot that is at least 6 inches deep. They will be ready for harvest 37-50 days after germination.
You've probably heard that carrots can be regrown from kitchen scratches which means they're the perfect vegetable to grow right in the comfort of your kitchen's windowsill.
Tomatoes are one of the most versatile vegetables. You can grow small tomato cherries in hanging baskets or larger tomatoes vertically in a container. Cherry tomatoes grow extremely fast.