If your plot is very small, you can still grow lots of different veggies and enjoy quite a surprising harvest. And you can enjoy more still if you plant out in spring and again in summer… Here are a few top tips, and a list of good crops for smaller gardens.
- Choose smaller plants that can be planted close together
Wild Rocket, lettuces, spring onions, beetroots and carrots can be planted nice and close, so you’ll be able to fit far more into your plot.
- Choose plants that provide a longer crop
Cut & Come again leaves and fruiting vegetables like beans, peas and tomatoes that you can harvest from regularly for many weeks will give you more to eat from a single plant.
- Look for dwarf and bush varieties
We have lots of dwarf bean varieties available which take up far less space than climbers. Likewise, we have bush tomatoes that can be grown in hanging baskets or pots without taking up too much space.
- Grow vertically
Make the most of walls with hanging planters – these are great for herbs and salads. Or you could put up a trellis to enable you to train courgettes and squashes up the wall.
- Plant in spring and again in summer
Dedicate some space to the longer cropping veggies, and then use the remaining space for quick croppers. Plants like carrots, beetroot, spring onions will grow reasonably quickly, and once harvested you can plant up again in summer – you could plant more beets and carrots, or pop in some curly kale, spinach and chard to keep you going through the autumn and into winter.
15 of the Best Veg Plants to grow in small gardens:
- Garden Peas & Sugar Snap Peas
- Dwarf French Beans
- Tiny Tim Tomato
- Wild Rocket
- Lettuce – any variety
- Musselburgh Leeks
- Beetroot – any variety
- Carrot – any
- Spring Onion
- Curly Kale
- Rainbow Chard
- Dwarf Runner Bean
- Minipop Baby Sweetcorn
- Turnip – Sweetbell or Golden