Saturday, March 13, 2010

Choosing an Organic Vegetable Garden Location

Having gotten a few of the basics of growing vegetables organically out of the way, it's time for some tips on choosing our vegetable garden location. The location of the garden is going to play a big part in the overall success of the garden.  

  •  First, make sure the area is going to get plenty of sunlight. At least 6 hours a day is ideal. If you are planting near the house, the side with southern exposure will work best.
  • Make sure the area is a site that will drain well. If the site does not drain well, there are several options available to improve this. Try to avoid planting on an incline. Erosion can ruin your garden. If it comes a big rain right after planting seeds, you run the risk of seeds washing away.
  •  Having a water supply nearby is very important.
  •  Sites that have excessive weeds, such as kudzu, should be avoided for growing vegetables organically.
  •  Fence of the garden area if you have a lot of wildlife in the area. 
So, once you have picked out the spot, have the soil tested, especially if you are just beginning with growing vegetables organically.  Many seasoned organic gardeners are familiar with their vegetable garden location and know how to test their own soil.  I suggest using the nearest county extension office.  You can also use a local gardening center.  I prefer the extension office because they offer the best advice for growing in your area.  Very important:  regardless of where you are getting your soil tested, be sure to tell them that it is specifically for organic gardening.  After soil testing, it will be time to prep the soil for planting.  I will be back in a few days to discuss that a little further.  Until then, happy gardening!

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