How do you design a small vegetable garden? For those folks who have small spaces, we’re here to help with advice and small-size garden layouts!
Garden planning for a small-space garden is critical as you want minimal wasted space and maximum yield from your harvest.
If your garden is small it’s important to make the best use of the space you have with clever planting techniques and the right crops. Prioritize crops by choosing to grow only those that you really enjoy eating or which are expensive to buy. Avoid planting large sprawling crops unless they can be trained up a fence or other structure. Use inter-cropping techniques to grow small, fast-growing plants between larger, slower-growing ones, and plan for succession planting so that there is no wasted space.
The benefits of gardening on a small scale are that it’s easy to keep on top of weeds and keep the area looking beautiful. By making space for flowers you can draw in beneficial insects who will naturally protect your crops from common pests. For more ideas, see our video guide on Growing More in the Space you Have.
“Going with mostly container herbs in 2019. Trying flowers. Best results with my jalapenos and onions so they can line the edges. Strawberries still going strong so keeping them (perennial). And I missed having sunflowers last year, so they’re back.”
Garden Location: Vernon, NJ
Garden Size: 11’ 11” x 13’ 11”
Garden Type: Community garden
Garden Layout: Mix of containers and rows
Sun or Shade: Sunny
Garden Soil Type: Heavy, clay soil