Among the common concerns of people considering their own food is that they wouldn’t able to produce enough for their needs or that their backyard space is not enough to grow different types of vegetables.
Those who have done this, however, said that all these can be solved by looking for creative ways to expand your space and being dedicated to tending the garden.
A key to producing enough fruits and vegetables in your backyard garden for you and your family is choosing high yielding crops. This combined with new farming methods will allow you to increase the yield of your garden and lessen dependence on grocery runs for produce.
If you are looking for quantity but pressed for space, you should consider including plants such as pole beans, peas, zucchini, cucumbers, tomatoes, squash and salad greens in your garden. Most of these are grow vertically and will thus consume little space.
Pole beans, for example, are great climbers growing up to 10 feet or more and yield an average of five to six pounds per plant. Peas and squash are other examples of plants that grow vertically but produce heavily.
On the other hand, the high-yielding fruits that can be planted in your own homes are blackberries, raspberries, grapes, cherries, plums, apples and peaches. Blackberries and raspberries can produce up to 20 pounds of fruit in one season.
Grapes may also be grown vertically and can produce 15-20 clusters of g fruits. Apples, peaches, plums, cherries may also be trained to grow vertically to avoid eating much of your gardening space.
Small Space Gardening
As previously mentioned, there are many high yielding crops that can be grown in small spaces. Having a small space for your growing area may be challenging but can be overcome with determination and dedication.
Aside from choosing high-yield crops that may be grown vertically, you may also try planting wide rows, growing in raised beds, planting crops together and gardening in containers.
The use of the wide row method to maximize the spaces in between is used by farmers to plant two or three crops beside each other. Another alternative would be the raised beds which you can do in your own home.
This allows you to use the perfect soil for your growing vegetables. Gardening in containers can also be helpful if you have limited space but it requires intensive practices to successfully grow your own food in it.
These have been proven effective by others in a similar situation.
Tips and Techniques
There are also numerous techniques and tips that you can consider to have a high-yield garden. Among the most well-known methods for these are the square foot gardening and the Japanese tomato ring.
With the square foot gardening method, crops are planted in squares rather than rows but with their own customize soil mixture. On the other hand, the Japanese tomato ring method involved the use of ring with wires that are filled soil mixtures designed to makes the roots breath more air.
As with growing plants, it is always important to be make sure these are getting enough sunlight, have the right soil ph., weed-free ground and spaced correctly. All of these allow improve the plants’ health and make them more resistant to pests and diseases.