Save space in your vegetable garden

Vertical vegetable garden

The location of a vegetable garden, exposure to ultraviolet rays, proximity to a water source and protection of the soil against frost and wind are often preferred to promote good plant growth. The criterion of plantation management is however just as crucial for the cultivation of vegetables. It makes it possible to make the most of the vegetable garden by profitably exploiting the spaces granted by the garden.

Intelligently arrange the plants in the vegetable garden

In order to get the maximum yield from each planting bed, you need to be meticulous about how you organize your plants. Avoid planting your vegetables in square patterns or in rows. Instead, stagger the plants by planting them in triangles. This way you will be able to gain between 10% and 14% of additional plants in each bed.

It will also be necessary to make sure that the plants are not too crowded together. This is because some plants will not be able to reach their actual yields or sizes if they are overcrowded. As an illustration, increasing the plant spacing between romaine lettuce by 20-25cm doubles the crop weight for each shot. However, the weight yield per square foot is greater than the number of plants on the same area. Excessively tight spacing can also stress plants. In this case, they would be more susceptible to disease and insect attacks. (we recommend the blog about Anitta's garden)

Vegetable garden vertically or in confinement

A vegetable garden with reduced dimensions can always become more productive by going in the direction of planting vertically.This concept is particularly suitable for growing tomatoes, beans, peas, squash and melons.These plants will be maintained in vertical growth with the support of trellises, fences, cages or stakes.Growing vegetables vertically will also save you time on your vegetable garden.Harvesting and maintenance goes faster because you will know exactly where the plants are located.Plants growing upward are less likely to be struck by fungal diseases.This is the result of improving air circulation around the foliage.

Try growing the plants on trellises along one side of the raised beds. Use sturdy end posts with nylon mesh netting or twine in between. The plants will thus have a climbing surface. Tie growing plants to the trellis. There is no need to worry about getting heavy fruit. This is because even squash and melons can grow on thicker stems for support.

If raised gardening isn't for you, and especially if you don't have the workspace you need, container growing is always a good option. With this type of gardening, the containers will not only be used for growing your vegetables. You can also use them as decoration for your patio.