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As spring rolls around we start to think of being outside, enjoying the wonderful weather. Now is also the time to think about planning your vegetable garden – it’s a wonderful way to save money, get exercise, and help your family to eat healthy.planning your vegetable garden And taking care of a garden is a never-ending and rewarding learning experience.planning your vegetable garden

 

The most important thing to consider is where your garden will be located. Gardens need sun, the more the better. Locate your garden away from any shadows cast by large trees or buildings. Ideally, you would like to have level ground. If the garden is on too steep a slope, the soil will erode and nutrients will be washed away, unless you are able to create several terraces, which is a lot more work than most home gardeners want to do.planning your vegetable garden

 

If this is your first year gardening, you also want to consider the size. It is better to start small and increase your garden size year by year. A 15 x 15 foot plot would be a good size to start with.planning your vegetable garden

 

 

Once you have decided where to place your garden, the next thing to consider is the soil preparation. Well-prepared soil will help you have a successful garden. And any soil can be improved. Soil quality is determined by three characteristics: composition, pH (its acidity), and fertility.soil tests, vegetable gardening, home front

 

  • Composition: If the soil is too loose and sandy, or too heavy and clayish, aeration, drainage and nutrient retention will suffer.
  • pH: Vegetables require a pH range of 6.0 – 7.0, anything above or below that and optimal growth will be affected
  • Fertility: The fertility of the soil also affects plant growth; insufficient fertility cannot support healthy crops.
  • A simple soil test will help you to determine the level of major nutrients – nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium – each important for healthy plant growth. A soil test will also help you determine the pH of your garden soil, and to improve it if necessary.soil, testing, gardening
  • Now that your garden plot is laid out and the soil is ready, it is time to decide what vegetables you want to plant. If you want a rewarding, productive garden, do some research to find out what grows well in your area. An excellent resource is your state’s agricultural extension office. You want to make sure you know what growing zone you are living in, when your last frost date is expected in the spring, and when the first date of frost in the fall is expected. These dates will determine when you can plant outdoors, what you should try to grow (since the days to maturation will need to fit in this last frost to first frost window, and when you should be harvesting your vegetables.gardening, prudent livingSome vegetable seeds are planted directly into the garden soil while others have such a long growth period they must be either started indoors or the young seedlings purchased at a local nursery.
  • Usually I have my seeds started by now, but with our house going back on the market I will be purchasing young seedlings from a neighbor who grows a wonderful selection of heirloom vegetables.
  • Whatever you decide to do now is the time to plan for this years garden! Planning your vegetable garden now will insure that you have a successful harvest this year!

6 comments on “Tips for Planning Your Vegetable Garden

Daisy Debs on March 29, 2017 1:22 pm

I ve started a few things, tomatoes and flowers , but the seed sowing season will really be next month for me here in the U.K . My veg beds are still taken up with kale , PSB, leeks, shallots and parsnips .

Nancy Wolff on March 29, 2017 1:25 pm

Daisy,
I can’t plant anything outside until May first! My poor garden beds are still covered with snow! 🙁

Lucy M. Clark on March 29, 2017 1:43 pm

I have a deep relationship with my garden. I feel connected with my garden and plants are tend to observe your mind energy. Some agricultural universities in India along with Brahma kumaris spiritual organization has observed the impact of our thoughts on the environment.

angie on April 7, 2017 2:07 pm

thanks for sharing and giving me a bit of inspiration
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Andrea on April 7, 2017 3:17 pm

Great tips! I’m really excited for spring and to get back in the garden this year. Thanks for sharing. Found your post at the Simple Homestead Blog Hop.

Nancy Wolff on April 7, 2017 11:09 pm

Andrea,
Thanks for stopping by! I can’t wait for spring to arrive in Vermont!

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