Choosing A Gardejasite

Selecting the right site for your vegetable garden is important Here are a few points to consider:

  1. Select a site with loamy or sandy loam soil instead of clay whenever possible. (See Chapter 2).
  2. Choose a garden spot that receives at least six hours of direct sunlight a day (eight to ten hours is ideal). Vegetables should be planted away from buildings, trees and other objects that shade the garden. If part of your garden is in the shade, plant that part with leafy vegetables such as lettuce, spinach and similar plants.
  3. Don't plant your garden near trees—their roots can compete with vegetables for water and nutrients. Generally, the tree roots take food from the soil in a circle as far out as the tree's widest-reaching branches; plants usually do poorly within that circle.
  4. Place the garden on high ground rather than in a depression at the base of a hill. Low spots warm up slowly in the spring. High ground allows vegetables to escape borderline freezes.
  5. Locate the garden away from low or soggy areas where water stands in puddles after rains.
  6. Use contour rows or terraces on hillside gardens. Rows run across a slope help catch the rain.
  7. Do not plant your gardens in a windy location.
  8. Your garden should be close to a water supply. This eliminates having to drag a hose long distances. Also try to put the garden as near your tool storage as possible.
  9. Locate your garden fairly near the back door. This makes it easier to reach for weeding, watering, planting, picking and other chores.

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