If you have the luxury of enjoying extra yard space to grow a garden, you can actually grow a lot of herbs and fresh vegetables until winter comes. And if you master the art of canning, pickling and conserving vegetables, you can even enjoy the fruits of your labor all year long. However, not all crops give out the same results and not all do well with limited space. In this article, we’re going to give some examples of crops that can provide great yields, even in a small garden.
Cucumbers are climbing crops, which makes them a great option if you’re trying to do some vertical gardening. You can either decide to install a trellis they can climb, or plant them right next to a wall with no problem. You could even put them in a container if space is really an issue.
If you’re going to plant cucumbers, however, make sure that you pick compact varieties, or bushes as they are common, called. These won’t grow past a few feet. Another neat trick you could use is planting a few onions around the cucumbers. Onions will help keep insects and soil bacteria away and increase yields, which will allow you to keep your garden organic. If you want to learn more tips on how to keep your garden as organic as possible, you can check out a site like Love Back Yard.
Squash is also a great crop to think about if you have limited space. What’s great about squash is that they’re one of the most productive crops out there and another crop that grows vertically. They also produce great yields no matter the type, and there are tons of different types of squash out there. Whether it’s winter squash, butternut, or Zucchini, you’ll get great results provided you give them the right conditions. And they all can be preserved as well and can withstand cold temperatures better than other vegetables, making them a great year-round crop.
In this case, we’re not talking about green beans. White, black, or pinto beans are great choices for plenty of reasons. First, they can be dried and used whenever you like all year long. As a matter of fact, beans can be stored for years when handled correctly. This is the kind of crop that can really help you stretch a budget.
Another great thing about beans is that they’re one of the most space efficient crops you can find. As a matter of fact, 100 square feet can produce up to five pounds of beans. Certain bean varieties grow vertically as well, making them another great option if you’re limited on space.
Tomatoes are a backyard garden classic and for many reasons. First of all, they are very versatile and there are tons of types you can choose from. Also, they are one of the easiest to preserve. You can make your own tomato sauce, tomato paste, or simply can them and keep them for later use.
All these crops will get you great results no matter how big or small the space you’re working with. Make sure that you do your homework and learn how to bring the best out of your garden and the specific care these crops need.