Small Space Vegetable Gardening with blogger, Gayla Trail

Small Space Vegetable Gardening with blogger, Gayla Trail

Have you ever thought that you don’t have enough space to have a garden? Well, think again, you can grow delicious fresh tomatoes, beans, squash, and bountiful herbs. Best of all, you can do it in any small space. Gayla Trail, author of the popular book and website, “You Grow Girl”, shares some excellent tips on creating a thriving vegetable garden in the outdoor space available to you.

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• For families short on gardening space, it’s still possible to plant those garden vegetables by thinking creatively about the space you have to work with. The only requirements needed for growing vegetables are at least 6 hours of sunlight, good soil, and water.

• If saving money at the grocery store is the goal, then choosing plants wisely is important. A good rule of thumb is to plant only those vegetables that your family eats and are the most expensive at the market. These might include things like tomatoes, peppers, fresh greens, and herbs.


• One of the biggest mistakes that new gardeners often make is planting a crop that takes up lots of room in proportion to the yield. While vegetables like pumpkin, potatoes, and corn are fun to grow, they take up piles of room and aren’t smart choices for a small space garden.

• Use vertical space by staking and trellising. Some crops such as tomatoes, cucumbers, and pole beans may be supported by poles and grown upright rather than on the ground. They will take much less room this way.

• Use succession planting, as soon as one crop is finished; plant another. After short-season crops such as lettuce, spinach, radishes and peas have stopped bearing. They can be removed. Plant carrots, beets, chard, or green beans for a later crop.

• Interplant, grow two or more vegetables in one area by planting slow (tomatoes) and fast maturing (lettuces) together. The fast maturing vegetables will be harvested before the crops begin to crowd each other.

Above is the garden plan we used on the show to demonstrate Gayla’s small space techniques. Everything fits neatly into a 4×4′ raised bed, providing plenty of fresh vegetables and herbs throughout the summer.


Whatever your reasons for having a small garden, there is no reason it cannot be a well designed show stopper. Gardening in a small space has its limits, but it need not be limiting. Small Space Gardening by Cultivating Life

Special Thanks:  Gayla Trail, You Grow Girl,



The excerpt above is from a Cultivating Life segment produced by Erin Frost. Cultivating Life with host Sean Coneway, explored how we’ve all moved out of our houses and into our backyards. Each week, the show celebrated how Americans are reconnecting to the land.