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If your garden is a small one and you only have space for few vegetables but you would like to cultivate a larger variety of crops than you should start thinking about mini-vegetables. You can find amazing varieties of almost any common vegetables. Carrots no larger than a finger or round carrots with bite-size roots, fist-size cauliflowers, or any other crops that will grow happily closer together than a normal size crop and will also mature faster than their larger relatives.

Saving Space with Mini-Vegetables

This way, a tiny patch can yield a whole range of fresh, more delicately-flavored, miniature vegetables. You can choose varieties of mini-vegetables from the following crops: beetroot, cabbage, calabrese, carrot, cauliflower, kale, kohl rabi, leek, lettuce, parsnip, potato and turnip. For all of these crops, the basic method of cultivation is the same as for normal size vegetables, with only one difference: compact growing varieties are planted closer together, giving a high density of small plants that are harvest while they are still young. Many of these small crops mature faster than normal size crops and in this way you can grow more in succession.

The succession crops are best cultivated in small beds with plants arranged in compact groups to produce a patchwork of varied crops at different stages of maturity. Growing vegetables this way, the total yield from a small plot over a whole season can be quite large, so is essential to offer them a fertile soil. Work in plenty of garden compost, well-rotted manure or proprietary concentrated manure when preparing the ground at the start of the season and again after clearing one crop to may space for the next one. There is no need for extra fertilization. Still, you can add a compost mulch around young plants to help sustain their fast growth. Fork it in between crops to improve soil fertility and structure.

To extend your season you should start early by making the first sowings under glass in pots or modules, cluster-sown where appropriate and then planting them out under cloches or fleece when they are big enough and the weather allow it. At planting time, start another batch in the same way for succession. This will ensure that the ground will never be empty because you will always have another sowing waiting to follow on. Keep the ground evenly moist to promote the fast, consistent growth that is essential for your success.

Plant or sow in rows or blocks at close spacing, sitting similar-sized crops next to each other so that none competes unfairly for light. When harvesting any variety start by using every alternate plant, leaving the others to continue growing until next harvest.

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