Choosing a Location for Your New Vegetable Beds

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Whether you’re starting a new kitchen garden or extending an existing one, it’s important to take time to choose where to site your garden to ensure your crops have the best chance of success.

Choosing a Location for Your New Vegetable Beds

Sun

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.

Airflow

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. 

Moisture

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. 

Frost

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!

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I want to grow things. In my past experiences I have problems with the shade, the heat, maybe both. My plants that grow and vine such as cucumbers and zucchini will grow great and bloom and then it seems they just die, almost overnight! We can water and water and water but not get much produce from our efforts. A few tomatoes, some green beans, a few squash or cucumber and it's done. Help

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