Gardening in a small space

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Gardening in a small space

With very limited garden space, what would you recommend as your top five "no fail" crops (so I don't waste my time and money)?

The top, no-fail crops we recommend you grow in your garden are:

  1. Radishes are one of the quickest crops to grow and are well-suited for smaller spaces. They tolerate a variety of soil conditions and are low-maintenance.
  2. Lettuce (try a gourmet mix for different varieties), and spinach do well in a range of climates and can also be grown in containers. You can harvest them in stages for a steady supply of fresh greens.
  3. Rainbow Silverbeet still provides the best return and is a Kiwi favourite. 
  4. Dwarf beans take up little space and are relatively easy to grow, producing reliable harvests.
  5. Kale is a hardy leafy green that provides a continuous supply. As with lettuce, you can harvest the outer leaves while allowing the inner leaves to continue growing.


Other suggestions:

  • Tomatoes – try compact varieties including Roma, Scoresby Dwarf, or bush or semi-dwarf varieties like Russian Red. You can also grow cherry varieties such as Small Fry, Tiny Tim, and Tumbling Tom Red. Check with your local garden centre as there are usually new varieties each year.
  • Zucchini/Courgette: Grows quickly and produces generous crops. They can take up a bit of space, but you can grow them vertically instead up a tomato cage/plant support. Harvest them regularly to promote a longer cropping period. Don’t leave them on the plant too long as courgettes can quickly develop into marrows.


Make sure you prepare your soil thoroughly prior to planting by adding plenty of organic matter such as compost, to optimise the growth of your plants. Stagger plantings (called succession planting), every few weeks to provide a continuous and steady supply of crops throughout the season rather than them all cropping at once. Be mindful of the growing conditions and temperatures specific to your location and select varieties that are well-suited to your local climate and the growing season.

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