Choosing the best spot for your garden is a decision to make early in your planning. Sun and water are the two biggest considerations.
Once you have picked what garden you want, there are many other factors you need to decide before you actually get to work with your gardening tools.
Mainly you need to choose its location.
There are two main issues that you’ll want to take into account – how are you going to water your garden, and how much sun or shade will it get in each available spot?
These can both make the difference between deciding whether your garden thrives or dies, so don’t take them lightly.
Choosing the Best Spot for Your Garden
Choosing the garden’s location within your yard is one of the more important things to decide.
You want to choose a location that will provide an ideal climate for the plants in your garden.
Of course I don’t know if you’re in the American deep South or in the Canadian North, nor do I know what kind of garden you’re growing. You’ll have to know your area and the specific plants to find out the needs and how to accommodate them. Then it’s just a matter of finding the places in your yard that have different amounts of shade.
Another deciding factor is how you plan on watering your garden.
If you have a sprinkler system already installed for your grass, then it could be a good idea to put your garden in the middle of your yard.
Then it will get watered at the same time, and require no extra work from your part.
But if this doesn’t provide for a good location for your garden, then you might end up watering it by hose or dragging a sprinkler out there.
In this case, just make sure your garden is within the ideal distance for a hose to reach.
While this might not seem like a good thing to base the entire location of your garden on, the truth is that water is heavy!
Sun and Shade
Getting the perfect amount of shade for your garden can be a difficult endeavor.
Once you have a basic idea for where you want your garden, you might want to watch it and record how many hours it spends in sunlight and how many it spends in shade.
Compare your findings to an online web site, and you should be able to determine whether the spot you chose is ideal or not for planting and starting your garden in.
Of course the amount will change as the seasons change, but this should give you a good idea of what to basically expect for the rest of the year. If necessary, later you can put up some kind of shade to protect your garden from getting too much sun.
After you’ve determined the ideal place for your garden and whether it has the right amount of sunlight, and whether you will be able to conveniently water it, you’re one step closer to actually starting your garden.
Of course there are other factors that I have overlooked here, but mostly you should be able to decide whether your location is good or not based on common sense.
Just think: If I were a plant, would I be able to flourish here? Would I get enough sun, but not too much, and enough water to drink?
If you can honestly answer yes, then I think its time for you to head out to your local gardening store and buy the necessary soil and soil amendments to get started!
Of course there are more steps to planting a garden, but now you have your location.0