Before you start a garden, you’ve got to figure out where you’re going to put it. Your choice of location can have a big impact on how successful you are at growing vegetables. Here are some suggestions to help you put together the perfect garden plan:
Avoid Weed War Fare. Try not to locate your garden in an area that’s already infested with weeds. Remove the weeds first or, if it’s possible, find a different location.
Where there’s water, there’s garden. You’ll want to place your garden plot near water so that you don’t break your back hauling it during periods of little rain fall.
Three ways to save on garden space are:
There’s nothing that says you have to plant vegetables in the ground. If you don’t have the ground space, use containers. Container gardening is also good if you have a short growing season. You can extend the season by moving container plants indoors at night when the winter chill starts descending.
Another solution to limited space is to pick plants that grow up, rather than out. Anything on a vine — snow peas, pole beans and cucumbers — will work.
Choose varieties that tend to be small or even think about dwarf varieties. For example, when growing tomatoes, choose cherry tomatoes, not big ole beefsteak tomatoes.
What goes where
What you choose to plant is based on the type of soil you have and your local climate. In other words, instead of fighting Mother Nature, work with her.
If you’re starting a new organic garden, don’t reinvent the wheel barrow. Instead, ask more experienced gardeners for advice on what to grow and how they cope with your particular climate. What’s worked for them will probably work for you, too!
After you’ve decided what to plant, you need to prioritize. Start plants that take the most time to grow first and plant late bloomers where they will receive the most amount of sun. Also, consider starting slow-to-mature plants, including tomato plants, indoors to give them more time to grow.
Determine the days needed for a plant to mature and plan/plant accordingly based on your local growing season.
Choose your plants:
Very tender: cantaloupe, cucumber, eggplant, okra, pepper, summer squash, sweet potato, watermelon.
Tender: bean-bush, bean-pole, bean-lima, corn, winter squash, southern pea, tomato.
Half-hardy: beet, carrot, cauliflower, irish potato, lettuce
Hardy: broccoli, cabbage, collard, garden peas, kale, mustard, onion, radish, turnip, spinach.