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Choosing a Location for Your New Vegetable Beds
Whether you’re starting a new kitchen garden or extending an existing one, it’s important to take time to choose where to site it to ensure your crops have the best chance of success.
An open, sunny spot is best. In cooler climates a suntrap is ideal for tender crops. In hot climates, growing under shade cloth or in the shadow of taller climbing plants such as pole beans helps to expand the choice of what you can grow in these conditions. Some crops such as leafy salads, chives and currant bushes will thrive in partial shade.
Good airflow will encourage sturdy growth in your plants and help keep fungal diseases at bay. It also makes the garden less hospitable to insect pests such as whitefly that prefer a still, humid environment.
Solid walls or fences provide shelter but can also cause the wind to form destructive turbulence on the leeward side, so don’t plant too close to them. Hedges and open or woven fences are more effective as they filter wind rather than deflecting it.
Extra water is likely to be necessary during dry weather, so position your new beds close to an outdoor water source. Soil can be too dry next to walls, fences and under overhanging trees for good plant growth.
Cold air is heavier than warm air and it sinks to the lowest part of the garden or collects against obstructions such as fences. Avoid planting in these frost pockets, which can damage young growth and delay the time when you can start sowing.
Planning a New Garden
Our Garden Planner can help you to plan the layout of your garden more effectively. The Garden Planner makes it simple to rearrange objects and plants until you achieve the perfect layout for your garden conditions. Doing this now is much easier than when everything’s planted!