Planning the location of your garden is a great place to start when trying to come up with a plan. It's even more important than WHAT you're going to plant!
In a nutshell, no matter where you live on this earth, sunlight and water are the two most important ingredients for your garden. Select a garden spot where the sun shines at least 6-8 hours per day and you have relatively easy access to a water source.
Sunlight is a SUPER important factor to consider when it comes to the placement of your garden. Your veggies need lots of sunshine to grow. Poor placement will yield poor results to a lot of very hard work!
Here is a quick check list of things to consider when finding a place for your garden spot:
1) Look for the sunshine in your yard. Where does it spend most of it's time?
2) Check for trees nearby or possible "shade-makers." If you're observing in the Spring,
remember that when the trees fill with leaves there will be shade areas you will need to
consider before placing your garden nearby.
3) Where is your water source? Can you drag at least one water hose to your potential
garden spot or will you need more than one? Or maybe what you're growing will only
require a watering can. How far will you have to tote that can?
4) Do you have animals? Our large English Setter toppled my tomato plants--all 8 of them
until I was able to fence in my garden area to prevent this! Consider if you'll need some
small fencing to prevent your pet from invading your garden space.
5) Does your subdivision or apartment complex have any restrictions that will limit your
ability to have a garden? What about the neighbors? Will they have a problem with your
plans for a garden? Remember gardening can get a little smelly at times and this might
not be the best way to "win friends and influence people." Bottom line--be considerate of
others around you.
Don't forget, the sun's location changes throughout the year!
Any other ideas out there to simplify this process of "location selection?"