Requisites of the Home Vegetable Garden

The mystery and secrets about good vegetable planting and growing has been closely guarded by commercial farmers for many years discouraging many to try it out on a smaller scale.  Although commercial farmers are doing a great job in keeping the millions fed, they are often force driven by profits and quantity over quality.  Most garden operations were made to seem a difficult and enormous undertaking and was seen to be done only by those with large plots of land and lots of time and money, but all that has changed.   With a recent rebirth of gardening and vegetable planting, knowledge on the subject is more widely diffused than ever before, and combined with the science of photography has helped greatly in reintroducing and telling the beginner or learner how things should and could be done easier and cheaper. As for having a plot of land, no patch of land is too tiny to create a wonderful home vegetable garden.

In deciding upon the site for the home vegetable garden, you would want to dispose once and for all of the old idea that a garden “patch” must be an ugly spot behind the shed or that you’d need a large acre plot to attempt to grow vegetables.  Having a well thought out vegetable garden layout, carefully planted and thoroughly cared for, may be made out to be a beautiful and harmonious feature of any home and lending a touch of a homeliness that no shrub or flower bed can ever produce. 

Keeping this in mind you might not feel so restricted in any part, specially if it has always been thought to be out of sight behind the barn or garage. In the average moderate sized yard there will not be much choice as to where to start.  Using what you have and doing the very best that you can with it based on, firstly, exposure, and secondly, convenience.  

Exposure is of first importance to consider in picking out the spot if it is to yield happiness and delicious vegetables all summer an possibly for many years to come.  You need to find the “earliest” spot, meaning where it catches the sun first and holds it late, preferably on a piece of ground sloping slightly to the south or east if possible.  Using a raised bed garden could help if you don’t have a naturally sloping plot.  Make sure the home vegetable garden is out of the direct path of the chilling north and northeast winds. If you have a building or and fence on this side of the garden then it will help wonderfully.  If it is not already protected then you can use a board fence, or a hedge of some low-growing shrubs or young evergreens even in this matter. Too often the importance of having such a protection or shelter is altogether underestimated by the amateur.

Another consideration would be to select a spot near at hand, easy to access. It may seem unlikely that it makes a difference of only a few hundred yards, but considering that you will be wanting to do this during your spare moments for working in and for watching the garden, a matter of convenient access will be of much greater importance than first thought off. It’s not until you have had to make a dozen time wasting trips for forgotten tools or more seeds, or ended up with soaking wet feet by going out through dew drenched grass that you will fully realize what this means.

These days plenty is written on the subject of vegetable planting and learning how to grow vegetables, creating your own home vegetable garden layout has definitely come back into fashion.  Knowing all about how to grow your own vegetables has become easier than ever before and can even be great fun and educational when you get the kids involved.

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