As we get closer to our home being completed I’ve been spending time thinking about the backyard, the landscaping, and the overall layout. One thing in particular that I’ve been focused on is my future garden.
I’ve been considering all the vegetables and fruit that I would like to grow as well as how much of it I think I can handle. Which crops would need special treatment or location, and which ones can climb. Lots to consider.
So after doing a decent amount of homework, here are some garden tips I compiled from others much more experienced:
- Northern states are encouraged to have their crop rows facing north to south. Southern states should have their garden rows facing east to west.
- Depth of your garden boxes should depend on the vegetables you are growing. For example, deeper garden boxes are required for root vegetables vs. vegetables growing on bushes.
- Plant only the vegetables and fruit your family will eat.
- According to some gardeners, the garden boxes shouldn’t be any larger than 4’x4′.
- It was recommended to add a later of compost over your box liner but below the soil.
- If you have the potential threat of burrowing creatures – line the bottom of your boxes with chicken wire.
- Build a border fence to keep out animals and other threats.
- Plan ahead for watering systems and plans.
- Provide shade for the plants that cannot withstand full sunlight all day.
Based on our lot with our new house I know I will want our garden to be on the south side of my house. The rows of vegetables will need to go north to south. And because there will eventually be a fence there, I need to leave enough space for the plants to avoid any shade.
Some of the items on my plant list need extra protection and will need covers. And the entire garden will need a fence to keep animals (and my children) out of the garden.
As for containers, I will want to have raised garden beds.
So as I’ve been brainstorming how this is going to look and feel when it is finished (next year) – here are some garden designs that I really was impressed with. Not all of them will work for my specific garden design/layout, but they definitely get the job done.