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5 Best Vegetables To Grow In A Small Raised Bed

Best vegetables to grow in a small raised bed

When you’re a kid, your mother struggles to convince you that you need to eat your vegetables.

As you get older, you learn to love them, and you enjoy finding new recipes.

Some of you might want to grow your own vegetables. However, you’re limited by space, and you can only fit in a small bed.

In this article, we’ll be covering our five best vegetables to grow in a small plant bed.

1. Peas

Why?

If you’re anything like me, then peas were one of the few vegetables that you actually enjoyed when you were a child.

As you get older, and you find out about more vegetables, you realize that peas are rather boring.

But I protest.

Just like any other vegetables, peas can be exciting if you cook them properly. I like mushy peas with fish and chips. (I’m British in case you couldn’t tell).

But if that’s not your cup of tea (another British reference, I’m sorry), you could always have peas in a curry, or mixed in with a burger.

How?

Similarly to tomatoes, you don’t always need to buy new seeds to grow peas. But unlike tomatoes, the part that we eat is actually the seed.

The great idea is to lay half a pipe in your bed; this will protect against vermin. Put your soil in the pipe, add the seeds, and cover with more soil.

Raise the pipe to stop animals from eating your plants, and when you can see a small plant sprouting, it’s time to put them into your bed.

Putting sticks next to your pea plants will help them to keep their structure as they continue to grow.

2. Green Beans/bush Beans

Why?

Another vegetable that can be delicious is the green bean, aka Bush bean.

They’re sweet, crunchy, and low in calories. They’re also incredibly high in vitamin c and k. Great for your bones, skin, and hair.

There’s a reason why people who eat a lot of vegetables always look better.

As with other vegetables, there’s so much you can do with green beans.

You can make a minestrone, mix them with mac and cheese, simply boil them, then add some spices of your choice or even make a Caribbean dish called the “Fry Bodi”.

How?

Mix your soil with compost and make holes for the seeds to be put into.

Green beans grow really when there are bacteria in the soil.

Put your beans in the holes, and cover them up again. Don’t forget to give them plenty of water.

Keep on watering, and give them plenty of sunlight.

Eventually, you’ll see leaves. It might be useful to add a small wire fence around your bed to give the beans support as they grow.

All you need to do is to make sure they’re always well hydrated and exposed to enough sunlight, and over time, you’ll find that you have your own delicious green beans.

3. Garlic

Why?

This next vegetable isn’t something that most of us will eat directly.

Instead, most of us will add it to our dishes, to give them that extra spark of flavor.

I am, of course, talking about garlic.

Whether you’re using it to make garlic bread, or just using it as an ingredient in a sauce, we can all agree that garlic is delicious.

And due to its small size, it’s also great for growing in a small bed.

As well as tasting amazing, garlic can also help improve cholesterol levels and maintaining proper blood pressure.

How?

Growing garlic can be done with minimal effort.

First, get yourself an already existing garlic and separate it into the segments.

Then, add a tiny bit of water into a cup, and all of the garlic segments inside, making sure that the root part is facing down.

Thirdly, place the cup on a window sill and wait for seven days. After this time, you should find a small sprout in the top, and some roots in the bottom.

In your small bed, dig a hole that’s about 2 inches deep, and place the garlic inside, obviously making sure that the root is facing down.

The pieces should be planted 6 inches away from each other. Then just water it thoroughly.

4. Cherry Tomatoes

Why?

Tomatoes are a staple of so many dishes in so many different cultures. With the tomato, if you can make a sauce out of it, you’ll be able to create so many different dishes.

Of course, the kinds of tomatoes you could grow in a small bed are of the smaller variety, such as cherry tomatoes.

Not only are they delicious, but they’re also high in lycopene, which reduces the risk of heart disease.

Not to mention their high levels of vitamin c, potassium, folate, and vitamin k.

With tomatoes, you can make sauces, juice, or even eat them raw.

How?

Growing tomatoes is relatively easy. And you don’t even need to buy the seeds. Because they’re technically a fruit, you can just use the seeds that come with grown-up tomatoes.

You will need to start with a soil that’s moist and fertile, firm the soil with your hand and make a hole using your finger.

Then put one seed into each hole before filling the hole.

Firm the mix again to remove air pockets, and water lightly.

As time goes on, make sure your plants are getting enough sunshine and moisture.

5. Potatoes

Why?

At first glance, the potato might not strike you as the best thing to be growing in a small bed.

But one of the great things about the humble spud is that they can grow underneath each other.

Therefore, it doesn’t matter how big your bed is, the only thing that matters is how deep your soil can go.

Potatoes are such a cheap and versatile food. You can use them to create fries, roast potatoes, mashed potatoes, there’s a reason they’re so popular.

How?

During the spring time, find a spot that’s going to get a lot of sunlight.

The first thing you will need to do is soften up the soil. You can do this by mixing it up with your hands.

While you’re doing this, try to add fertilizer.

When potatoes go bad, they can sprout what are known as ‘eyes’, little green, or brown sprouts.

If you have a big potato with lots of eyes, cut it up to separate the eyes, and allow them the dry to prevent rot.

In your bed, make troughs and plant the potatoes about 4-6 inches apart, making sure the eyes are facing up.

Then, cover up the troughs. At this stage, your bed should look like how it did just after you mixed the soil.

Sun And Water

You may have noticed that in this article, I’ve spoken about watering your vegetables about 100 times. And there’s a good reason for this.

Plant cells are made up mostly of water. Without water, the plants won’t be able to maintain their cells, and the chance of them growing is incredibly low.

Another thing they need is sunlight. Plants have this amazing ability to turn sunlight into energy.

The energy which is stored and given to you whenever you eat the vegetables.

Conclusion

Hopefully, now you’ve been inspired to get into your garden and grow your own vegetables.

When it’s grown, you can buy yourself a recipe book, and be able to turn your delicious creation into an even more delightful creation.

Of course, the five we spoke about today aren’t the only vegetables you can grow.

If you want to grow a particular vegetable, then feel free to look up online if it’s possible to grow in your plant bed.

Not only will you be healthier, but you’ll also be more fulfilled, and with a lower carbon footprint.