During the pandemic veggie gardens sprung up left and right when people were home more. This year with more time and experience, veggie gardens can be organized more thoughtfully! We love this as an addition to your yard because it’s a great way to get the whole family involved in gardening and get them outdoors. When it comes to planning, one of the most important factors is placement within your yard. Does your garden get the right sun? Water? Drainage? Before you get started it’s important to consider these factors. Tilly put together some helpful tips on where to build your veggie garden!
Where to Build Your Veggie Garden
Think about it before you jump in! This way you can see the entire picture and it doesn’t matter how many phases it takes to implement, it will make sense in the end. Think about crop rotation – try not to plant the same things in the same location every year as this will reduce the change of systemic problems in the soils.
It’s important that the location you chose has at least six hours of sunlight daily, 8 hours if you’re growing sun lovers like tomatoes and peppers.
If your garden is going into the ground, it’s very important to make sure you have good drainage so water doesn’t pool and saturate your plants or foster damp conditions.
Make sure you have good air circulation. Other than a midnight peter rabbit attack, this biggest threat to a veggie garden might be molds and funguses. Keep these at bay by making sure there is adequate airflow to dry wet leaves and soil between waterings.
Choose a level location with loose, rich soil! Or get busy and make it that way.
Since you will need to water your growing garden, it’s important to make sure you have access to a water source, such as a garden hose. We advocate drip water systems wherever possible to keep water off leaves and further prevent disease.
If you liked this article on where to build your veggie garden, you may also like our post on Sustainable Gardening or How to Attract Pollinators! Also, check out our recent article with Redfin on 13 Ways to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint at Home where Tilly shares the benefits of a vegetable garden.