Step 2 – Selecting a Site
Beginning gardeners with an average-sized family won’t need a lot of space. An area 50 – 75 feet square should be adequate. Be careful not to start with too large a space; it is easy to “bite off more than you can chew.”
Whether in the ground or in containers on the deck, patio, or balcony … there are five factors to consider in selecting a garden site.
- Your garden should be on level ground in a spot that gets at least 6 hours of full sun a day (preferably more) with no tall objects or trees blocking sunlight on the south side.
A terraced garden is a good alternative on a slope.
- Avoid sites that border trees and shrubs. They may block sunlight and their root systems will interfere with your new vegetable garden.
- Make sure you have access to every part of your garden: include paths.
- Easy access to water is essential.
- Know your local animal population and fence as needed.
A groundhog getting ready to visit a container
Measuring tools are essential to lay out a garden.
Use wooden stakes, hammer, measuring tape and string to lay out your garden plot and individual beds or rows.
Be sure to include pathways between rows and beds.