Grow a Small-Space Vegetable Garden

Grow your own vegetables in a small home food garden that fits your budget.

| May/June 1974

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    A simple 10-by-20 foot garden produced plenty of salad vegetables for the editorial staff of Home Garden magazine.
    PHOTO: FOTOLIA/ SERGIY BYHUNENKO
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    When you are planning your garden, be careful to keep track of how much space each plant variety will need to grow.
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    For a home food garden, much of the preparation can be done by hand, and often by a single person.
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    Using clear markers to identify rows helps keep a small-scale garden neat and simple.  
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    The Home Garden magazine food garden produced a variety of lettuces, onions, cabbages, cucumbers, radishes and zucchini.
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    Cucumber plants can be trained to a trellis to prevent them sprawling in a small space.
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No, you don't need a couple of acres — or a small fortune in seeds, plants and tools — to grow your own vegetables in a healthy home food garden. Back in 1970, the staff of Home Garden magazine set out to demonstrate that fact . . . and here's their recipe for good summer eating out of your own vegetable garden, with all prices brought up to date for the spring of 1974.

Reprinted by permission from Home Garden magazine, Vol. 58, No. 2, February 1971, Copyright 1971, Universal Publishing and Distributing Corp. 

Last year about this time the question came up in Home Garden's editorial department: "Why can't we do a story on a vegetable garden small enough to fit in any yard, yet big enough to give a harvest that will make the effort worthwhile?"

After considerable thought, we decided to grow this small-space garden so that we could talk from practical experience.



So, during the 1970 growing season the Home Garden Vegetable Mini-Garden was actually grown . . . and proof that it did produce bountiful crops is shown in the photograph above. All the vegetables in the photograph actually came from our small-space garden . . . picked by Editor Bill Meachem and his son last September.

The vegetable garden we thought about last February was to be just 10-by-20 feet. But growing even a garden of this size was out of the question in our editorial office in midtown Manhattan, New York. Our friends at W. Atlee Burpee Co. came to our rescue. They volunteered not only to help us in the selection of types and varieties of vegetables to grow in such a small area, but also to actually grow the food garden for us at their Fordhook Farms in Doylestown, Pennsylvania.

CARMEN ORTIZ
11/8/2010 7:51:11 AM

I found it interesting to see a reprint from the 70's, which reminded me of the stack of the first 10 years that I've kept since then, even when moving thousands of miles and three states. Need to look through them soon. It's still up to date (except for the prices). I have to admit that I was one of the hippy wanna-be snobs that felt betrayed when the magazine "sold-out" (and glad when it went "back-to-the-land"). (Still shiever when I hear midtown Manhattan, New York. LOL)







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