Here are five golden rules to make your garden more productive! We’ll help you to avoid many of the pitfalls this year.
5 Golden Rules for Garden Planning
Rule 1: Provide the right growing environment.
Full sun is essential for most veggies. For shady areas, choose crops such as leafy salads and greens.
Ensure your soil is fertile and moisture retentive yet well-drained by regularly mulching with or digging in compost.
Rule 2: Grow what you like!
Concentrate on the fruits and vegetables you love to eat. By growing your own you can choose varieties that promise exceptional taste and quality.
Rule 3: Make the most of the space you have.
Choose vegetables that are hard to find in the grocery store, or expensive to buy.
Many types and varieties of fruits and vegetables are well-suited to growing in containers. Miniature varieties of vegetables, naturally compact salads, and dwarf fruit trees can all be grown in pots.
(You can use our Garden Planner to maximize the use of garden space. The Planner will show you exactly how many of each vegetable or fruit you can grow within the space available to you, without overcrowding them.)
Rule 4: Make gardening easy.
Opt for varieties that are suited to your growing conditions and the time and resources you have available. Seek out pest- and disease-resistant plants.
Place your vegetable garden or containers close to the house to make it easier to tend and harvest. Install water barrels to collect rainwater from greenhouse or shed roofs. Paths between beds should be wide enough for a wheelbarrow, while beds should be of the right proportions for easy maintenance and crop rotation.
Rule 5: Timing is of the essence.
Sow quick-growing crops at one- or two-week intervals to spread out harvests and ensure that your garden is achieving its full potential. Harvest prolific crops such as pole beans when little and often to encourage more produce to follow. (The Garden Planner can help plan this type of succession cropping. By viewing your plan in a particular month you can see where and when gaps appear.)
Almanac Garden Planner
To create your perfect vegetable garden this year, be sure to try out the online Garden Planner tool! It’s now the #1 garden planner in the world for good reason.
- Quickly find the best plants to grow! You can even select “easy” veggies if you’re a beginner.
- Draw beds and move plants around to get the perfect layout on your computer. Have fun creating!
- Our garden planning tool calculates how many plants fit your space to avoid wasting seed.
- We’ll also calculate all your planting and harvesting dates—along with email reminders of when to do what!
Want to grow your future with a well-planned garden? Learn more about the Garden Planner!
We offer 7 days for you to play around and see if it’s a good fit for you. Give it a go!