Planning a Vegetable Garden

Whether your intent is to plant an entire field with vegetables or relegate them to a small area in your yard, the key to successful vegetable gardening is some smart planting in advance. Vegetables do not all require the same growing conditions and some will be harder to cultivate than others, so careful placement can mean the difference between success and failure.

For home vegetable gardening, the most recent trend is to put these plants not in long rows, but in beds, just like flowers instead. This allows gardeners maximum use of their compost and fertilizer and even lets them incorporate vegetable plants into a visually pleasing landscape design, too. Believe it or not, some vegetable plants are quite eye catching in addition to being very tasty.

If the plan is to plant vegetables in beds, you’ll need to do a few things first. Start out by making sure the beds are narrow enough you can handle the weeding and care without having to trample plants to reach anything you might need to. Then, prep the soil before planting and do raise the level about a foot off the ground, if possible, for better drainage. This will even help keep the soil better insulated against both heat and cold. All of this applies to both bed and row planting.

When planting in beds, it’s okay to mix it up with some flowers, too, to create a look that’s unique, fun and functional. The key is all in the planning. Here’s how to do that:
* Decide what you’re going to plant first. Knowing what vegetables you’re going for and their individual growing needs will be very helpful.
* Study the vegetables you intend to plant for those with like needs. This means lighting needs as well as fertilizing and watering. Group like plants together.
* Make sure you understand how much room a plant will need to grow. You don’t want to overcrowd your carrots and stop them from growing correctly.
* Consider planting like plants together, but also those that are ready for harvest at different times. This maximizes the space and helps ensure greenery during a greater period of time.

Vegetable gardening can easily be achieved by those who don’t have a lot of room. Consider the plants you’d like to grow, their properties and group them together to create a fun looking garden that tastes great, too! Getting started doesn’t have to be difficult when some planning goes into the mix.