High-Yield Vegetable Plants for Small Garden Spaces

Best Plants to Grow in Your Small Vegetable Garden

Your garden may be small, but that doesn't mean that your vegetable output has to be. You can grow lots healthy and tasty veggies with these 10 high-yield plants. The fruits of your labor will be fresh and tasty, and you'll make a big dent in your grocery bill:

Leaf Lettuce

Red French lettuce. Judy Bishop - The Travelling Eye

Harvest lettuce leaves whenever you need them, and more will grow right back in their place (as long as you don't damage the crown).

Some Leaf Lettuce Varieties: oak leaf, red sails, mesclun


Hands holding few tomatoes varieties. Flavia Morlachetti

Plant cherry or grape tomatoes, and you'll get gobs of tomatoes in compact clusters. They'll do well in the ground or in containers, so use any sunny spot that you have available.


Gardener working in greenhouse. Uwe Umstaetter

Give cucumber plants a place to climb (so they don't take up a lot of space), and you'll end up with more cukes than you can pick, pickle and give away.

Want to grow your cucumbers in containers? Opt for compact or bush varieties. Their vines will only spread a few feet.


Marrow Squash On Field. Ilya Klychev / EyeEm

Left to its own devices, squash will take over every inch of your garden. But if you grow it vertically, it will do nicely in a small garden, and still produce plenty at harvest time.


Green Bell Pepper On Plant. Juan Meza Hernández / EyeEm

Bell peppers grow up, rather than out, so they're the perfect candidate for a pint-sized garden plot. Smaller pepper varieties also do well. Tuck them into your landscaping, where they'll look ornamental, or grow them in pots on your patio.


Peasecods, close-up. Westend61

Enjoy all-you-can-eat peas in the spring. Then, replant the space with something else for the summer and fall. How's that for making the most of a small space?


Fresh beetroot being farmed. Martin Harvey

Plant a small plot of beets, and you can eat the beet greens early in the season and then the actual beets later in the season. Now that's productive garden space!


Farmer unloading bin of radishes on workbench. Thomas Barwick

It only takes about 45 days for radishes to reach harvest size, so that's another spot in your garden that you can replant.

Pole Beans

Closeup of Pole Bean pods. Ed Reschke

Train them up a pole or trellis, and your bean plants will give you a huge (and long) harvest in the teeny tiniest of spaces.


Homegrown basil in pots. Ross Woodhall

Herbs love to share space with other plants. Use them to fill in around your larger edibles, and get more food from every inch of your garden.