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Finding a basic garden design that fits your needs is an important first step in planning a garden layout.
If you have a sunny location in your backyard for an in-ground garden, these two types of vegetable garden plans will work for you.
If you don't have room for an in-ground garden, there are many other options available such as a container, four-square, or raised bed vegetable garden.
Whatever type you choose, growing your own produce can be a great adventure and learning experience!
The traditional basic vegetable garden design has been straight and long rows running from north to south.
With smaller yards and urban gardens becoming common, the traditional basic vegetable garden design is no longer suitable in some situations.
This article will focus on showing you basic and easy methods of creating your own vegetable garden design.
This very simple and easy first garden design is called the square foot garden.
This gardening style was developed by Mel Bartholomew.
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Take out a pen and paper and draw a square. Divide the square into four by drawing a cross inside it.
You now have a diagram of four square beds that you’ll use as a plan for your very own vegetable garden design.
The four beds are for the four main groups of vegetable crops.
The plants are divided into four categories based on the amount of nutrients that they need to flourish.
Below is an example of these categories.
Now it’s time to explain the rotation for this most basic of vegetable garden designs!
Try to imagine a baseball game where in your players occupy bases.
Each year you move the location of each plant group by one space, changing the location of your plant types.
Another benefit of this kind of rotation is that the Heavy Feeders will grow better by transferring to the Soil Builder’s former spot which gives them more of the nutrients they require to flourish.
Your garden will grow best in enriched well-conditioned soil.
If you don't know your soil composition, it is best to find out by taking a sample to your local garden center.
Then you can add compost, sand, humus, fertilizer and any other ingredients as needed to create the best environment for your plants.
In order for your garden to thrive, the soil should also be well-drained.
When planning your basic vegetable garden design, be sure to locate your garden near a convenient source of water.
Especially when the plants are small, they will need to be watered frequently as the root systems are small and will dry out quickly.After your plants are well-established, less-frequent deep watering is best!
Plant your garden away from tree and shrub roots that can take moisture away from your plants.
It’s important to know that there are many variations of vegetable garden designs.
These are two of the most basic and easiest garden plans.
You can certainly use what you’ve learned here and design your own garden by basing it on one of these easy methods.
Whether you are a beginner or an experienced gardener, finding the right design for your vegetable garden is part of the adventure.
So experiment, and have some fun!