Begin with the basics
Selecting a site for your vegetable garden:
Common sense will tell you that there are some locations that are just not suitable for your vegetable garden. To position your garden on a very steep slope, boggy area or to position it in an area that is likely to flood is not wise. As is to position it in shady or too far away from a supply of water.
It is far better to choose a position in full sun for your vegetable garden, a position that is sheltered or can be protected from drying winds, and of course, a site that is free from weeds or debris would be nice too. Try not to position your vegetables any closer than ten to twenty metres away from large tree roots.
Planting herbs and vegetables in clumps and rows as a mixed bed looks really attractive when edged with either willow or hazel hurdles, creating a rustic, old fashioned style of garden.
Vegetable Garden Shapes:
Your vegetable garden can be any shape or size, but the most practicable shapes are squares and rectangles, for differing ranges of vegetables with different needs as well as differing growing seasons. Sizes of vegetable gardens will be dependent on your vegetable needs as well as the overall size of your garden itself.
Pathways are absolutely essential:
When walking on soil, you compact it, which means that water will not drain away so easily. Even though plants need water, they do not like to be waterlogged.
A path system between garden beds is the ideal:
This makes accessing and maintaining your garden beds much simpler. The path needs to be ninety centimetres wide, to enable you to use your wheelbarrow. To reduce the number of weeds on your path put down a layer of bark mulch, or paving slabs and to destroy weed seedlings pour boiling salted
water from pasta or vegetables over them.
An often asked question is, is it better to grow vegetables in a bed, or in rows. It really just depends upon your style and size of garden.
Square and rectangular garden beds:
Many gardeners divide their gardens into square or rectangular garden beds. Each bed should not be more than 1,2 meters wide so that you can reach the middle of each bed without stepping on the soil. They should also be separated by paths about thirty centimetres wide.
Planting in rows:
When growing large quantities of vegetables you may prefer to grow plants in long straight rows, grouping them by type. With this style of planting it is not so easy to work without stepping on the soil, so use planks to walk on when accessing you plants.