Planning a vegetable garden layout before you start working the soil,
buying seeds or plants is an important step. This will save you time,
energy and money later on. In this step you will draw your vegetable
garden plan to scale on a piece of paper. This is something I do during
the long winter months.
If you do not have the time to plan your own garden check out my vegetable garden plans ebooks . Here you will find easy to follow diagrams on where and when to plant a vegetable garden for raised beds, row gardening and square foot gardens.
Here are some tips to start you off in planning your own veggie garden:
How are you going to grow?
Are you going to grow in raised beds, in containers, in level rows, in a greenhouse? Your choice will depend on where your garden site is located. If you can, make your vegetable rows face north to south for best distribution of light.
Mark your pathways.
Make sure you leave room to walk between rows to make it easier to water, weed and observe the plant without crushing it. 12-16 inches is needed for a pathway, a little more if you plan to bring a wheelbarrow or cart through. I suggest making wider pathways at the end of the rows so you can maximize your growing area.
What vegetables do you want to grow?
If you need help with this there are questions you can answer at planting a vegetable garden.
Vegetable crops should be rotated each year because plants require different amounts of nutrients and attract particular pests and disease. By using crop rotation you are promoting healthier plants and soil in your vegetable garden layout. A simple way to start learning about vegetable gardening crop rotation is to divide your vegetables into three basic groups:
What does each vegetable require for best growth?
This vegetable list will help your answer the above questions. Now that you have your list in hand you can start placing each vegetable on to your vegetable garden layout.
Placement of your vegetables.
If you want to keep the garden growing all season you will need to consider a spring vegetable gardening plan, a summer plan, a fall vegetable gardening plan as well as winter indoor gardening plan.
Remember, this is planning a vegetable garden layout on paper for now, use a pencil so you can easily move things around. Have fun! Use my garden journal to start this process and stay organized while planting your incredible vegetable garden.
Your next step in planting a vegetable garden is soil preparation.
For simple steps to planting a vegetable garden in raised beds check out my new ebook "Vegetable garden plans for raised beds" . I provide easy to follow diagrams and dates on when to plant your vegetables.
Benefits of raised bed vegetable gardening:
Disadvantages for raised bed vegetable gardening:
Making your raised bed:
When making a raised vegetable bed you can use a variety of materials to build it. A raised bed can be free standing in the sense of mounding your existing soil. This works well if you already have good soil and you just want it to warm up quicker in the spring. Built raised beds can be placed almost anywhere in your garden layout.
If you are going to have several beds make sure you leave enough room between them to bring in your wheelbarrow.
Filling your raised bed
You will need to fill your bed with rich light soil such as equal parts of peat moss, compost and topsoil. One way is to remove some of the top soil in your pathways to add to your new beds.
Start seeding your vegetables. Just one note, you will need to
replenish the soil
every year. Amending your soil by adding compost or aged manure is one
of the best ways to do this. Having fertile healthy soil will allow your veggie plants to mature and remain healthier.
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