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Vegetable Gardening - Tips for Success Even in Small Areas

Jun 15, 2008
You don't have to have a huge vegetable garden that has many plants in it. Many people don't have a lot of space to have a big garden, but usually you can find at least a small area to have a vegetable garden if you have a bit of sunlight.

Gardens have been grown in many places - from a small patch of ground outside of a home to planter pots placed outside the front door. The size of your garden doesn't matter because it's the quality of your gardening skills that will provide you with thriving plants. Your small garden can outmatch any large one if you put forth your best effort to make it successful.

Planning your garden before you begin is very important - you must make the most of the area you're using for your garden. What plants do you plan to grow here? You'll have to put in some effort to learn about these plants, and whether they can be planted in close proximity to each other. Which are the ones that need extra sunshine? What special care must be taken for each plant?

This will help you plan the placement of your garden, whether you plant in a small patch of land or in planters. Next, you'll need to find out when each plant should be planted. Some need to be planted ahead of others, so plan accordingly.

Now you're ready to purchase the plants or seeds, whichever you choose to grow in your garden. Make sure you have the right size planters for your garden if you go with gardening pots. The plants need some space to grow, so don't overcrowd them.

Quality potting soil is also important. Providing your plants with the right nutrients will help them to grow wonderfully to provide you with a great garden. Take a trip to a gardening center in your area to figure out which soil is going to work the best for your needs.

Even gardens grown in small areas will have problems with insects that feed on your plants. There are several ways you can keep these pests under control.

The first thing you can do is entice creatures that prey on insects into your garden. Frogs, birds, ladybugs and lizards will come to your garden if there is a pond or other body of water, as well plants that they will find attractive. You can also use other methods instead of chemical repellents - try insecticidal soap, spicy peppers or garlic to keep insects away.

There are certain kinds of soil available that come with pest-repelling ingredients - try these out. Pesticides are one option, but go easy on these and only use what is strictly necessary - after all, they are injurious chemicals, with detrimental effects on the health not only of the plants, but of animals and children, too.

Every garden, no matter if it's big or small, needs to be nurtured. Stay on top of the weeds, aerate the soil once in awhile and water as often as needed. No garden will thrive without the proper care and nurturing from the gardener, so don't neglect them.

Even the small gardens can thrive and do well. So, if you just don't have enough room for a large garden, you can use the area you have to have a great garden, even in a small area. If you take care of the garden, you can get the healthy and beautiful plants you want.
About the Author
Sarah Duke is publisher of The Vegetable Patch, where you'll find lots of great information for starting a vegetable garden.
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