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You are probably similar to me and you only have limited space and time for your vegetable beds. Still you want to harvest abundantly and supply yourself with vegetables from spring to autumn ?! I will show you here how a large harvest is possible even on the smallest area!
A sophisticated bed planning
Every little space in the bed must be occupied, only in this way can you accommodate plenty of vegetables on 5 to 6 square meters (or even less). It is important to consider beforehand which plants can tolerate each other and can even support each other. This type of cultivation is called mixed culture. So there are cloves of garlic and dill between the strawberries. In addition to the many different types of tomatoes, picking and cut salads and basil also migrate.
Just no mess
So that you keep an overview of the vegetable patch and don’t forget anything, a bed planning is very helpful. I used the free GARDENA garden planner. In the planner, I “rebuilt” my two beds with just a few clicks and then printed out the template. The plan is not true to scale, but it serves its purpose very well.
The bed plan is always at hand in the gazebo and is consulted with every planting campaign. I also like to paint around a bit, because sometimes there are also spontaneous changes in the plan.
My tip: keep your planting plan well, because it will help you again next year, as some plants should not be placed in the same place.
Lined up in order
A small area can be used particularly efficiently if you plant the beds as neatly as possible. Since I get my garden tools for the bed preparation (raking and loosening) from the shed anyway, I also use them to divide my beds into small plots. Some hobby gardeners even go so far as to divide the beds into small squares according to the square foot gardening principle (more info). But I’m not quite that meticulous 🙂
Since the small beds are sure to fill up quickly with your must-haves of vegetables, things are now going up. Plants the tendrils need only minimal space in the bed and can also be wonderfully placed on the edges. This includes not only tomatoes, but also peas, sugar snap peas, firebeans or cucumbers. Four bamboo sticks and a jute twine will create a new trellis and an optimal bed extension in just a few minutes!
Planting correctly is half the harvest
So that the vegetable plants can root quickly and absorb water and nutrients optimally, the correct planting is crucial for a rich harvest.
For the tomatoes, you should dig a deep hole (at least 20 cm). A trowel is recommended for this. The small lettuce plants, on the other hand, only want to sit lightly on the surface so that the leaves do not touch the ground. I like to use the planter for this. I also effortlessly put all of my other vegetables in the bed. Finally, pour everything on vigorously!
The advantages of small beds
Gardening remains manageable and yet you can get the maximum harvest for yourself.
Only what you need and, above all, what you can consume is really grown. If you have a lot of space available, you quickly get cocky and hike e.g. 3 zucchini plants in the bed, although one plant is enough for a family of 4.
In the tightest of spaces, you can plant great types of vegetables that grow upwards, e.g. B. cucumber, beans, peas or tomatoes.
Because the vegetables are planted relatively densely or quickly take up the little space, weeds have little chance.
There is also less need to water because a well-covered ingrown garden floor allows less water to evaporate.