Even though you can go to the supermarket at any time and buy fresh vegetables, nothing beats growing your own vegetables in a garden, no matter how large or small it may be. While you may have plenty of room to plant a garden, there are certain things you must take into consideration before you start preparing the soil and planting.
The spot you pick out for the vegetable garden should have the best exposure to the sun. The best spot would be on a patch of ground that slopes toward the south or the east. Pay attention to the amount of sunlight this location receives during the day. It should catch the sunlight early in the morning and hold it throughout most of the day. At the same time you have to consider how much exposure this spot has to wind. If you need to, you should build a fence to protect the garden from the direction of the colder winds. Even if there is a small outbuilding to offer protection this will be a great location.
The soil is the next most important consideration, but even if the soil is poor, you can bring it up to the standard needed for growing vegetables. The worst soils can be very productive if they have been left alone for a long period of time by just adding fertilizer and compost. Rich, sandy loam is the best for vegetable growing. The term “rich” refers to the amount of plant food in the soil to provide your vegetables with the nutrients they need for growth. When talking of sandy soil, this does not mean sand as you would find on a beach. It means that the water will pass through it rather than stay in the soil. In this way the plants will receive the water they need without it causing them to rot.
The drainage of water from the area is essential in planning a vegetable garden. In order to determine if this is the right spot for your garden, dig down into the soil about a foot in depth and examine the sub-soil. If it is yellow in color and tends to have sand or gravel properties, then you will do well by planting in this location.
Many beginners in vegetable gardening do not realize that the shape of the garden is something they must consider. It is best to choose an area that is almost rectangular in shape. This is because such a shape is easier to cultivate and maintain that one that is circular or shaped like a triangle.
With these points in mind, you can start looking at your land in a different light to determine which part would be the best for a vegetable garden.