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10 High-Yield Vegetables You Should be Growing This Year

by Russel Davis, Natural News:

According to experts, combining the principles of biointensive gardening and square-foot gardening may help gardeners achieve good harvest despite the limited garden space. An article in has listed 10 high-yield crops to grow this year to maximize the limited space.

10 high-yield vegetables you can grow in small spaces

Leaf lettuce – Leaf lettuce varieties such as oak leaf, red sails, and mesclun are high-yielding crops that can be repeatedly harvested as long as the crown is not damaged. The National Garden Bureau (NGB), which rates crops based on their yield per square foot, has given leaf lettuce a rating of 7.4 out of 10.

Tomatoes – According to the article, tomatoes grow in compact clusters. This plant grows well both in the ground or in containers. The article suggests planting tomatoes in sunny areas. Tomatoes have a NGB rating of nine out of 10.

Peppers – Bell peppers are ideal crops to cultivate in limited spaces as they grow up, rather than out. Small peppers may also thrive well in small spaces. The article suggests planting bell peppers along the garden’s landscape as an ornamental crop. The plants can also be grown in pots. The NGB has given peppers a rating of 6.4 out of 10.

Peas – Peas show high yields especially during spring when it is in season. The article suggests planting other crops in its place during summer and fall to maximize the limited space. The NGB has given peas a rating of 6.9 out of 10.

Pole beans – Pole beans are ideal for gardens with limited spaces as they can be grown in poles or trellis. Pole beans attained an NGB rating of 6.8 out of 10.

Squash – While it is known to take up as much space as possible in a typical garden, growing squash vertically may still produce a high yield. Squash is among highly-rated crops with a NGB rating of 7.2 out of 10.

Cucumber – Same with squash, cucumbers can take up as much garden space as possible if left on their own. The article suggests that gardeners grow cucumber vertically. The article also suggests choosing compact or bush varieties of cucumber if gardeners want to grow them in containers. The NGB has given cucumbers a high rating of 6.9 out of 10.

Beets – Beets are ideal for gardens with limited spaces as these plants can be easily grown in pots. According to the article, beet greens can be consumed early in the season, while the actual root crops can be harvested later in the season. Beets attained an NGB rating of 6.6 out of 10.

Herbs – Herbs are known to be compatible with practically any other crops, making them a staple in companion gardening. Herbs grow year round, especially in USDA zones nine through 11 where foggy, damp, rainy coastal climates are prevalent. A number of herbs — such as parsley, rosemary, sage and lavender, as well as thyme, oregano and dill — should be grown during the spring as they may encounter difficulties in sprouting during fall and winter. However, once they survive cooler moths, herbs produce a high-yield all year round.

Radishes – Radishes take a short time to mature, making them ideal for gardens with limited spaces. According to the article, radishes only take 45 days to reach harvest size. This will enable gardeners to grow other plants once harvest was done, further optimizing the garden’s space. The NGB has given radishes a high rating of 6.1 out of 10.

These plants will make indoor gardening a fun and enjoyable experience! What’s more, all of these suggested vegetables offer numerous health benefits.

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3 comments to 10 High-Yield Vegetables You Should be Growing This Year

  • Craig Escaped Detroit

    Here’s a couple tips for you.

    Potatoes (you get about 1.5 pounds per plant), they store pretty well for several months especially if you keep them buried in dirt, etc. (That’s the “old fashioned way”).

    Carrots (also store well.)

    Many varieties of squash (also because they store well)

    Sweet Potatoes- better nutrition than white potatoes and store very very well.

    Leeks (a type of onion) produces the highest poundage per space of any onion.

    Lisbon Bunching Onions (a scallion), you can let is stay in your garden year after year- at least in MY garden, it’s permanent. I cut green stalks from it, and sometimes pull up a few to dice the bottoms too.

    Garlic is easy to grow and stores well.

    Beans & corn, when allowed to dry on the plant, stores VERY well, for years!

    Turnips, rutabaga, and other root crops have a lot of carbs (calories) and stores well.

    $23 for one pound of red amaranth seeds…and they have 1-pound of “sprouting” broccoli seeds for $9. They both have edible foliage. The amaranth seeds, are very healthy “grain substitute”.

    If you search around, you can also find Marigold flower seeds BY THE POUND…(these repel garden pests when you plant them both around your garden AND in between the rows and near the plant stems.)

    Having a life-saving garden is no good if the bugs eat up everything.

    At Amazon, you can buy ROLLS of “bug cloth” that you lay on top of your plants in the row, and secure down at the edges, and bugs can’t get it… but you do have to remove these for some time enough for the pollinators to pollinate the flowers or you won’t get any produce.

    Amazon also carries “garden row mulch cover” by the roll. it comes in 2 main categories,, one that is NON permeable (you must have irrigation hoses under it), and the other is “rain permeable” to let the rain leak thru it and into the soil.

    Black mulch cover, warms the soil better in the north areas. and light colored or even reflective, keeps the soil COOLER & bounces sunlight up under the lower branches of your plants and can help many veggies grow more fruits even at the bottom areas.

    • Eric


      I’ve got the chives for your potatoes. I got 1 whole big strawberry so far too. It was delicious. A couple little ones on the way also.

      Need more oranges. Need more garden soil.

      • Craig Escaped Detroit

        @Eric, little chives are SO cute, delicate and nice. My scallions (Lisbon white bunching onion) are also a supply of green-onions, but the tubular leaves on my mature scallions, are a nice cluster about 16″ long and at their largest section, they’re fatter than a big old cigar.

        This is their 3rd or 4th yr surviving without dieing off during the winter. They’ve survived temperatures in the +20F’s. I don’t know if ALL the onions are so resilient and permanent, but the Lisbon’s certainly are. Plant em once, and harvest green onions forever, and when you pull one up, the white part, is not a bulb, but just a short, white stalk, same thickness as a large finger or thumb.

        Egyptian Walking Onions are another permanent (as well as “self replicating” plant.) Makes a SMALL bulb in the dirt, like a shallot, BUT, their green leaves, will start to grow little cluster of onion bulbs at the top of their stalks, as it grows heavier, the stalk falls down to the ground, and the little onion bulbs take root and make more onions. (Walking their way to spread out… which is why SOME jurisdictions make them illegal because they spread quite well.)

        They stay smaller, and the cute little bulbs at the top, make great additions to any meal. My patch of them, will soon be 3 years old. If you do some heavy mulching around the base of all your permanent plants, then they won’t have to compete against the weeds.

        Citrus is difficult (but not impossible here). I had a few Satsuma oranges (they are the most cold tolerant of all the oranges, as well as a Meyer Lemon), but lost them all to the winter cold snaps. 2 of my Satsumas, only the grafting died, and the mother root survived, so I’m fertilizing and continuing to grow the root stock tree. One has matured enough to grow fruits. They are smaller, have a touch of bitterness, but it’s surviving and producing.

        My neighbor’s got a nice little strawberry patch, I’ll get some roots from him and start my own.
        Blackberry bushes here are a pest, but at least they produce berries.
        I must have more than 20 large (wild) blueberry bushes on my 5 acres, but the berries are small, not like commercial stuff, I toss some fertilizer under them, trying to encourage better growth, but it did not help. So I’ll go out and buy some varieties that produce nice, big berries. I read that mature bushes can supply up to about 14 pounds of berries each year.

        How about a Tomato bush, that grows a large, tall stem, and you give it a supporting trellis overhead, put the branches up there, and it grows like a tree, and HERE’s a link about one of those “Octopus Tomato Tree” (at Disney world), and it has grown 32,000 tomatoes in ONE year… they harvest more than 1000 pounds of tomatoes from that ONE PLANT each year.

        Happy Gardening everybody.

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