Feb 06 2010
The key to filling your table with delicious, beautiful fresh vegetables is strong vegetable garden planning. If you are a beginner, gather all the information you can find here, take lots of notes, use every tool at your disposal, and then roll your sleeves up and dive in. If you are a veteran, you may have a better idea of what you want in your vegetable garden. Still, there is always more to learn.
A good size for a beginner vegetable garden is 10′ x 16′. A well-planted plot this size can feed a family of four for the summer. You may even have a bit left over to put away for the winter. Make your rows about 1′ wide and 10′ long with 6 inches between. If possible, have your rows run north and south. You will get more use of the sunlight with this set up.
As you decide what to plant, consider where you live. Is the climate amenable to year-round growth? Do you need to start your seedlings indoors or maybe you even need greenhouse to give you a leg up on the season. If you are located in the deep South you may be able to grow some vegetables throughout the year. With good planning, you can rotate your crops to get the most out of the space that you have available. Cauliflower, broccoli, onions, potatoes, turnips, and select varieties of beans and peas grow well in cold weather. Other types of beans and peas, leafy green vegetables, carrots and celery to better when the weather’s a bit warmer. If you want to grow tomatoes and okra and peppers you need to have hot place for them to thrive.
GrowVeg.com is an innovative garden planning tool which helps you grow fruit and vegetables to the best of their ability, whatever the size or shape of your garden or plot.
With GrowVeg.com it is easy to draw out your garden plan and decide how best to plant it. The GrowVeg.com planning tool clearly shows how much space plants require and how to group them for maximum success, removing the need to look up planting distances and crop families.
Growing advice is just one click away as you select the plants that you wish to include, enabling you to solve problems and maximise your harvest from the space you have.
Make sure that the space you choose for your garden is open and gets plenty of sunlight everyday. It should drain well, since standing water promotes root rot. There are options here for people who have more limited space. Container gardens, raised beds, and high density gardening allow you to grow more crops in a concentrated space.
Whatever you choose, let us help you with your decision making and implementation. We want to play a big role in the creation of the wonderful garden that will provide you with family with tasty food and joyful activity for many years to come. Start right here with great vegetable garden planning.