Well it’s autumn here in Canada and we just finished celebrating Thanks Giving. Many of the vegetables have already been harvested or need to be soon before winter comes. Now’s the time to begin planning ideas for next year’s small vegetable garden designs or possibly one indoors for an even earlier start.

Although you can purchase starter plants from a nursery, this is also the time you’ll want to order seeds if you intend to grow your own indoors or in a hot bed or green house. By doing this early, your crops get a head start in the growing season which allows you to grow certain types of vegetables that might not normally grow in your region. You may also be able to plant a second crop of the same of different variety in a single growing season.

If you are going to be starting a new vegetable garden in the Spring, this would also be a perfect opportunity to prepare the garden ahead of time. For instance, if you are starting from scratch and need to dig out a garden patch, turning the sod in the fall allows the grass to turn to compost. If your garden is already cleared, this is also the time to mix compost into the soil so it can be processed by bacteria, mushrooms, worms and other insects into plant ready nutrients over the winter months.

But we are getting a little ahead of ourselves. If you’re going to be starting a totally new vegetable garden, the first step is to identify how much space you have available either in your back yard, select places in your front yard (vegetables can be beautiful too), or even indoors. Keep in mind that a garden can be in the ground, in containers or even hanging. You may also want to consider buying or renting a small plot of land in the country (usually cheaper) or cooperate with neighbours to create a shared community garden.

While choosing a suitable location for your vegetables to grow, keep in mind the available sunlight and potential shading from structures nearby at various times throughout the day. Some plants like shade or partial shade while others prefer full sunlight and will not produce without it.

Once you have some space allocated, you’ll want to write down a wish list of vegetable or fruit plants you would like to grow. Browse through a seed catalog or even visit your grocery store for inspiration. Be creatively adventurous and select a few unique varieties just to try them out. Maybe you want to grow items that you can’t purchase in the stores in your area. Do a little bit of research on each one you choose and record the type of sunlight and soil requirements as well as their full grown size, growth rate and time to mature. Look for good pictures of full grown plants to give you an idea as to how they will fit in your garden with other plants. Some plants will grow well together while others will compete with potentially horrible results.

The size (height, diameter and root depth, breadth) are important factors to keep in mind when planning where to plant each variety. Taller ones should be placed so they don’t end up shading the shorter ones. You also want to avoid over crowding the plants. This can result in stunted growth and poor yield as the plants struggle to compete for nutrients, sunlight and even root space.

Before purchasing plants or seeds for your vegetable garden, it’s a good idea to sketch out the areas you have allocated for growing and draw in where the various plants will go. By planning and organizing the layout, you’ll have a good idea how many of each type of plant to buy. It’ll also help you visualize the quantity of produce you will be able to harvest and plan any sequencing, staggering or rotation of the various crops. When planning your layout, you’ll also want to keep in mind that you’ll need access to the plants for weeding, feeding, pruning, watering, pest inspection/control and eventually harvesting. You don’t want to be stepping all over your vegetables while tending to your plants.

As you can see, even a quick sketch of your vegetable garden design is extremely useful. It’ll enable you to plan for other things like materials and tools you’ll need, construction or preparation work, the harvesting process (canning, freezing, drying, etc.) and the joy you’re going to experience growing your own food. In future posts we’ll investigate ideas for special types of small vegetable gardens and techniques for growing specific types of food for best results.

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One Response to “Planning Your Small Vegetable Garden Design Ideas”

  1. Vegetable Garden Says:

    I love gardening and making dishes out of its harvest. Good, nutrient rich food can’t be beat.

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