How to Plan a Vegetable Garden

The answer is, yes you can!

Your first priority when siting a veg
patch is sunlight, as the greater their exposure to it will determine the
variety of what you can grow. So, plant on either extreme of your north/south
axis to allow full sunlight to hit the length of the plot, also make sure that
this will not be compromised by existing trees or fences. If possible, for
convenience sake, try to plant near the kitchen.

Size is a major part of your planning
process and depends entirely on your means – address why you’re growing the
plot. First time hobby? Economic solution to the loss of your nectar card? The
reasoning dictates how large or small the plot will be based on how much of
your garden you are willing to invest.

If a larger plot is out of the question,
or you’re unsure of what size would suit your needs, then may I suggest a
simple window box. Starting with a minor project like a herb garden will not
only familiarize you with the plants themselves, but will also provide a point
of comparison to base future projects on. Other small scale ideas include
grow-in-the-bag tomatoes and there are also a range of salad stuff that you can
grow in a window box or garden tub, cropping repeatedly from single cuttings,
such as lettuce, mustard and pak choi. You can even grow potatoes in a large
pot on your patio.

If you have a bit more room, and time
(!) you might consider something larger scale. The style of bedding you tuck
your plants into is more a cosmetic choice, there are no hard and fast rules
only preferences, but the raised bed has seen a boom among vegetable gardeners
recently for its adaptability. Being a contained environment it will allow you
to grow on otherwise unsuitable sites and also affords complete mastery of the
soil content and drainage. And if that weren’t enough, it’s certainly a lot
easier on your back! Another advantage of a simple timber, or sleeper built
bed, is that of an easier workload, as you don’t have to double dig every
season. But, if your vegetable patch is more frivolous
than that of a kitchen gardener, then you may want to avoid the labour of
building a raised bed or the cost of buying one.

The thing to remember is the commitment
being made if you’re serious about growing and propagating a successful cabbage
patch or potato pit, however it’s not without its advantages, aside from the
aforementioned money saved, a vegetable patch also provides an educational
activity for young children to partake in. Teaching values like independence
and respect for living things.

Finally, I’m suggesting a list of five
staple favourites, both for their ease of cultivation and their popularity on
the dinner table. I would recommend trying Carrots, Potatoes, Runner Beans,
Parsnips and Sprouts for starters and seeing how you get along.

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