Vegetable Garden Layout

A wide-bed vegetable garden layout wastes less space in paths than a row garden doesThe vegetable garden layout that will work best for you depends on how much space you have, which areas have all-day sun or partial shade, and what specific crops you plan to grow. And of course, your personal sense of style and aesthetics!

I would suggest keeping your garden small if you are just starting out, and avoiding anything fancy like circle gardens or winding paths. They look cool, but keep in mind you may need to drag hoses around and need to get in there with a wheelbarrow at times. Start out simply, and get fancy after you get the hang of it.

I do my garden layout with a pencil and paper every spring, with my map of last year’s garden in front of me. This helps me determine where to plant which crops, because it is very important to pay attention to crop rotation when working on the vegetable garden layout. There are also computer programs out there that can be fun to use, but before we get to that...

Rows, or Beds? How Much Sun?

Your vegetable garden layout is determined in part by which technique you’re going to use. Did you build raised beds (or plan to) and want to figure out what to plant where? Are you going to do “Square Foot Gardening”? Are you going to dig double-dug raised beds? Or maybe you just want to dig up a bit of ground in the backyard, and not do anything fancy. Cool.

Online Garden Planning ToolAnd an even more important thing to consider is how much sun your space gets throughout the day. Do you have areas that only get partial sun, or are even all shade?(There's a chart showing shade-tolerant vegetables below)

Explore the links above if you are not yet sure which technique you want to use. They each have advantages and disadvantages. The good old rototilled, parallel row garden is less popular now because the technique wastes a lot of space, water and other inputs (half the space is pathways). I have used the French intensive, double-dug raised bed method of gardening for decades, and I love it. (There is a YouTube video at the bottom of the double-dug raised bed article, if you want to know more.)

Source: www.vegetable-gardening-with-lorraine.com


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But you might want to visit the library and check out Keith Davitts book on small space garden design.
I bet he has a website too.
The Sunset series of books is good and I hear that BH+G has a website with some kind of garden plans.
I have never checked it out but have read about it on other gardening forums.

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