If you only have a small space to work with but still want to grow a substantial amount of vegetables, it’s important to know which crops have the highest yields. Once you have designated a space for your garden, you can start growing many of these vegetables with satisfying results.
Pole Beans (Non-Hybrid)
Pole beans will continue to grow until there is a frost in your area, as long as you continue picking them. Pole beans take a little more work than bush beans as you have to provide support for the plants. But, the extra effort is worth it, as bush beans tend to die out much sooner. Growing these low-calorie vegetables in your garden is also natural way to supply your family with more vitamin A and fiber.
Garlic is a high-yield plant that you should wait until the fall season to plant– a time when you do not have to do much tending to the other plants in your garden. You can get a lot of garlic to grow in a tiny space. Simply separate the cloves and put them in healthy soil with the roots pointing toward the ground. Use straw to mulch the garden bed, and when spring comes, weed the garlic crop and replace the mulch. You will know the crop is growing successfully when you see scapes that are curly and a bright shade of green. By the middle of the summer you will be able to harvest healthy garlic plants to add to your soups, stews and marinades.
Swiss chard is a hardy plant that will continue to thrive from spring into fall, unless you live in an area that has extremely hot summers. You do not have to pick the entire Swiss chard plant when it’s time to harvest it–just break off the leaves for a few months and the vegetables will be especially tender as long as you give the plant adequate water.
Be sure to wash all your vegetables thoroughly before eating them, even if you’ve grown them in organic soil. You can also use the time you’re waiting for your high-yield vegetable crops to produce a harvest to come up with new recipes to try.