Small Garden Ideas | Bigger is Not Always Better

Simple Plan for a Small Garden

Use this simple idea to grow a small garden.  Learn how many plants you need to have decent yield without a great deal of effort.  Use containers for added ease.  Choose vegetables to grow that you are familiar with.  If you are new to gardening, then you may want to choose vegetables according to how much you like to eat them.  Put the garden in a location near a water source.  Make sure the plants will receive plenty of sunshine.  The garden needs direct sunlight for a minimum of 75% of the available daylight hours.

My Little Container Garden

My personal garden has two 20 gallon pots with four tomato plants in each pot.  I have two one gallon pots with eight jalapeno pepper plants in each one.  Finally I have cucumbers in three 5 gallon buckets.  My garden receives all of the daylight sun except for the last three hours of evening sun.  Each day around sunset, I thoroughly water the garden using a hose pipe.  I realize that using water coming from a public water system, such as I am doing, can get expensive.  However, without an alternative water supply, I have no other option except to wait for it to rain.  The daily watering is critical for getting high yields from the garden.  The cost of the water will be well justified; as long as you do not overdo it.  Five minutes of watering daily does my garden fine and maybe adds about $20 a month to my water bill.  Do not forget to water in the evening; less water will be lost to evaporation.

Supplies for the Tiny Garden

I use Miracle-Grow® potting mix for the soil in all of my containers.  It has a 6 month food supply for the plants and all of everything else you will need.  I use no other form of fertilizer or insecticide.  It just seems too much extra time and effort to buy and apply poison.  This works for my location on top of a two story deck in Middle Tennessee.  This is likely to vary from location to location.  Ask your local gardening supply professionals what they would recommend.  It will certainly not hurt to at least experiment on a percentage of your garden.

Small Garden Ideas

You can be creative when it comes to choosing containers.

Bigger is Not Always Better When it Comes to Gardens

I scan for weeds or other foreign vegetation each day as I water the garden.  This garden is so small, I have no trouble keeping the weeds pulled simply by hand.  In fact, this garden is so small, I have little trouble with anything.  Don’t take me wrong, there is nothing wrong with a large garden.  Some of my fondest memories of my childhood involve my grandmother’s garden one acre garden.  It was hard labor every day to say the least.  In addition to the daily responsibilities, there is harvest time.  My grandmother would spend at least week canning jar after jar of delicious vegetables.  It was pure dedication.  If you are going to have a garden anywhere near this big, then you better be prepared to invest a lot of time and money into it.  I find that I get plenty of supplemental vegetables from my tiny little garden and I do not have to kill myself to do it.