GARDENING DESIGN, HOMESTEAD GARDEN

Vegetable Garden Design

What to Consider In Designing Your New Vegetable Garden

The traditional vegetable garden design has always been a smaller reproduction of the full sized farm mode; plants in strict, straight rows over whole plot.

But, there is not a reason in the world why, if the required growing conditions are met, you can’t design your own vegetable garden in any way you see fit.

Most types of vegetables can be successfully grown in irregular beds, borders, or even containers.

So, your only real limitation is the requirements of the individual plants you are going to use.

That said, there are some general considerations to be aware of while working on your vegetable garden design:

  • In most areas it is good practice to prepare the soil in the fall.
  • The area you choose for your garden should have good drainage.
  • Avoid shade if at all possible, your vegetables generally need a full eight hours of sun daily.
  • If some shade cannot be avoided some leafy vegetables such as lettuce or carrots can be planted successfully.
  • Your new garden is going to be thirsty so you want to have a hose bib, or other water source close.
  • Stay away from trees because they will create too much shade and will also compete with the newly planted vegetables for water.

Once your new plants are safely in the ground, the two most important things are watering and mulch.

Spreading mulch generously will greatly reduce weed growth, which saves lots of work!

Plan on giving your new garden a complete soaking at least once a week.

But, keep an eye on the plants during hot spells in case additional watering may be required.

If you take some care in designing your new vegetable garden, the maintenance work required will be minimal and you will enjoy a bountiful harvest!