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Vegetable Garden Layout Guide

There’s nothing better than bringing a fresh platter of vegetables that you grew yourself to your table. And growing a vegetable garden can be very fun and exciting as you watch your vegetables go from seedlings to full blown vegetables! But when planting a vegetable garden, it’s very important to keep the layout of the garden in mind. You need to make sure that you’ll have space for everything that you want in your garden, and that certain areas won’t actually harm the plants instead of helping them grow. In this vegetable garden layout guide, you’ll see how important it is to put the right roots down in the right places.

Start by drawing a diagram of your vegetable garden space. Alongside the diagram make a list of the vegetables that you want to grow in it. Within the diagram, place vegetables where you would like to be in your garden. Make sure you take into account the measurements of your garden, and the space needed between plants that will be marked on seed packages. This will let you know whether your vegetable garden has enough space to accommodate all of the different vegetables.

Once you have determined that your vegetable garden will be big enough, it’s time to sort out where things will go. You’ll already have a good idea of this from your diagram but after taking a few things into consideration, you might need to make some adjustments. Firstly, it’s wise to keep perennial plants on one side of the garden. These are plants that will live and grow for two years or longer such as rhubarb, asparagus, and artichokes. These plants will not need to be harvested more than once during the year so keeping them on one side will ensure that you don’t interfere with their growth cycle too much while tending to other plants.

Beside the perennials plant early-blooming plants, or plants that will mature very quickly. Once these plants have grown to their full potential, you can dig them up and use the soil for another vegetable or just to make more space in the garden. You may also wish to keep this area for successive plantings. These are plantings that will allow you to get more than one harvest out of them during one season. Don’t plant too many of any one type of these plants. Things such as leaf lettuce for instance, will grow and once harvested, will bring another crop. For this reason, you not only don’t need a lot of different plants but your work will be for naught after the successive plantings become old and rotten.

If you wish to grow vegetables that need to grow up instead of out, such as beans or vine tomatoes, you’ll need a trellis or other type of fencing that can surround your garden and allow you to tie the plants to them. These can be wonderful in a vegetable garden because they free up the space on the ground by actually placing the vegetables above the other veggies instead of beside them. However, these trellises and other apparatuses can also cause shading over the other plants. Because of this, it’s important to ensure that these growing tools are placed either to the north or west side of the rest of the garden.

Lastly, it’s important to make sure that you have enough room within the different rows of the vegetable garden. This will make sure that the vegetables have enough room to grow, breathe, and spread without bumping into other vegetables, which is detrimental to both plants. Also, making sure you have plenty of space among the rows of your garden will give you enough room to stand in them and move around when you’re weeding, harvesting, and working in your garden.

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