Put your home vegetable garden in a place that has well-drained soil and is convenient to the house. The garden should not be shaded by buildings, trees or shrubs—vegetables need full sunlight throughout the day to grow well. Trees and shrubs close by also compete with garden plants for moisture and fertilizer.
If space is limited, select crops for your garden that use little space—such as bush and pole snap beans, beet, cabbage, carrot, chard, lettuce, onion, parsley, pepper, radish, spinach, and tomato. Avoid large or vining crops such as pumpkin, squash and sweet corn. These vegetables do not produce as much for the amount of space they occupy.
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