5 Important Things to Consider When Making Your Vegetable Garden Plans

5 Important Things to Consider When Making Your Vegetable Garden Plans

5 Important Things to Consider When Making Your Vegetable Garden Plans 1000 668 Eco Garden Systems

Making vegetable garden plans isn’t hard, especially if you consider these 5 important things first!

When the sun is shining on a cold winter day, it’s easy to close your eyes and imagine being in your garden again. Now that you’re thinking about getting back in the soil, how about making some vegetable garden plans? There’s no better winter activity if you love growing your own plants.

In fact, once you have your vegetable garden plans in place, you can start your seedlings indoors – another excellent winter activity for gardeners – and move on to other things like doing an inventory of tools and supplies.

Now, grab your graph paper and pencil (or, if you prefer, you can use the Eco Garden Systems Planner) and let’s get planning. Here are 5 important things to consider when making your vegetable garden plans:

1. Garden Size

How big do you want your garden to be? If you have a lot of space, this leaves you with many size options. But maybe you have a smaller space and have to get more creative (an Eco Garden is perfect for smaller spaces – plus you can double the per square foot production). If you don’t have a lot of time, start with a smaller garden. You would be surprised at how much you can grow in a smaller space, especially when employing strategies like square foot gardening.

2. Garden Location

Where will you put your garden? Some things to think about:

  • Sun: Make sure your plants will get at least 8-10 hours of sunlight each day. Pick a day when you are at home and watch where the sun hits your yard the most; don’t forget to take notes and make it part of your garden plan.
  • Water: Is your garden going to be near a water source? It’s easier if you have access to water as close as possible if you don’t want to lug it back and forth, or have hoses laying across your yard. If you owned an Eco Garden Original Garden, water becomes less of an issue due to our in-garden reservoir.
  • Soil: Is the soil healthy where you plan to start a garden? You can get a simple soil test kit at the hardware store to find out. An even better option would be to build a raised bed garden, or get an elevated garden bed like an Eco Garden, to control the soil; it will only contain what you put into it. Plus, an Eco Garden can be moved if you decide you need to change things up for the next growing season.
People making vegetable garden plans
growing broccoli in an eco garden

3. What to Grow in Your Garden

There are so many articles with advice on the easiest vegetables to grow, but the best tip we have is to grow what you love eating. You are going to enjoy gardening a lot more if you get to eat your favorite vegetables at their peak tastiness. It’s faster to grow from a transplant (a plant already started by someone else, like a garden center) but it’s cheaper to grow from seed. You can even start your own seedlings in the winter with grow lights or a sunny, non-drafty, west-facing window. Here’s how garden blogger Frau Zinnie is growing herbs indoors.

4. When to Grow

If you want to grow a variety of vegetables, make sure you consult a guide (like this one) to plant vegetables at the right time of year. Some vegetables, like peas and lettuce, prefer cooler temperatures so they can be grown earlier. You may want to consider succession planting in your vegetable garden plans. This allows you to harvest each micro-season and plant a new veggie in its place that grows well the next season (or additional plantings of the same veggie if it has a longer growing season and grows fast). Those cool-loving peas can be replaced by heat-tolerant tomatoes once the peas have finished producing.

5. How to Maximize Growing

As you’re finalizing your vegetable garden plans, investigate companion planting, which will help you grow the right veggies next to each other. Certain vegetables are heavier feeders, and you don’t want them pulling nutrients from each other so there’s nothing left for the light feeders. Also, taller vegetables like tomatoes or trellised vegetables like cucumbers, can provide shade for shorter crops like beets. You can even add certain flowers, like marigolds, which deter pests and add beauty to the garden.

grow your own food by making vegetable garden plans

You can download our vegetable garden planning tools (two links above can lead you there) to use as you’re making your vegetable garden plans. Remember to have fun and keep your vegetable garden plansimple so that you will want to continue gardening for years to come. Here’s to a successful growing year!

Tell us: What are you planning to grow this year?

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