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By Heather Rhoades
You have bitten the bullet. You are going to do it. The only question is exactly what the location of a vegetable garden will be in your yard. Choosing a garden location can seem complicated. How much sun? What kind of soil? How much room? Don’t panic. It is not hard to pick a spot for a vegetable garden as long as you keep a few things in mind.
Tips for where to put a garden
The position of a vegetable garden should first and foremost be chosen for convenience. After all, a vegetable garden is for your enjoyment. If you have to walk 10 minutes to the location of a vegetable garden, chances are greatly reduced that your spot for a vegetable garden will be weeded and watered as much as it should and you may miss out on harvesting regularly.
Another thing to consider when choosing a garden location is how much sun that spot gets. Typically, vegetables need at least 6 hours of sun, though 8 hours is better. Don’t fuss so much about if the spot for a vegetable garden gets morning or afternoon sun, just check to make sure it gets 6 hours total of sun.
Plants can’t grow in waterlogged soil. The position of a vegetable garden should be somewhat elevated. If the location of a vegetable garden is at the bottom of a hill or in an indentation in the ground, it will have a hard time drying out and the plants will suffer.
This should not be a factor for most people when choosing a garden location, but avoid areas where dangerous chemicals, like lead paint or oil, may have leached into the ground. These chemicals will get into your vegetables as they grow.
Soil is not as much a factor in where to put a garden as you might think. If you are down to two spots and you are undecided as to which would be best, certain choose the location with the loamier soil. Otherwise, all soils can be improved and if the soil is very bad, you can build raised beds.
Now you know a little bit more about where to put a garden in your yard. If you follow these few tips for choosing the position of a vegetable garden, it will be easy to do. Remember, the location of a vegetable garden is not as important as having fun while tending it.