Beginning Gardening Series #1: Best Location for a Vegetable Garden

Beginning Gardening Series #1: Best Location for a Vegetable Garden

I often think about what advice I'd have for a friend starting a first vegetable garden in particular what if my friend is very busy doesn't want to spend a lot of money on the garden as a relatively small yard but still wants to produce plenty of fresh produce for their family this will be the focus of my new beginning gardening series today's video will be the first in that series now I'll focus on things to consider when determining the best location for a vegetable garden as a rule is best to pick a location they get six to eight hours of direct Sun fruiting crops in particular benefit from middle east this much strike Sun while root and leafy vegetables can tolerate more partial shade full morning Sun in some afternoon shade is a great combination for a vegetable garden when you have free time over the course of the day I recommend observing how the Sun falls on different areas of your yards and taking notes on how much Sun each area gets if you're planning a summer garden make sure to do this in late spring or summer so that your observations will be as accurate as possible in other words don't rely on observations made in the winter when the Sun is lower in the sky and leaves are absent from deciduous trees for example this location is the sunniest spine in winter but the most shaded in the summer even if there are no areas of yard that get six to eight hours of direct Sun you still may be able to grow some crops most of our garden gets less than six hours of Sun per day but we still manage to grow quite a bit of food by growing a lot of leafy greens root crops and small fruiting crops like cherry tomatoes and jalapeno peppers it's also important to consider the quality of the soil and avoid areas that may be contaminated especially if you're planning on growing in the native soil for example I'd be wary of sites that have a history of industrial or commercial use or building was torn down or where pesticides were used heavily when in doubt about heavy metals it's best to have the soil tested for contaminants before planting a garden in native soil it's also a good idea to have the soil tested for nutrients pH and organic matter here in the US this particular test is inexpensive and available through Agricultural Extension offices a soil test can save you a lot of time money and guesswork in the long run by identifying what the soil really needs and doesn't need I suspect that if we've tested our soil earlier we would have found that we already had nutrient surpluses years ago and we could have saved ourselves a lot of time and effort getting back to the issue of contaminant growing in raised beds is the best way to ensure your soil is safe to grow in I'll talk more about raised beds in the next video in this series but in the meantime you can follow the link here or in the description below to see how we make our raised beds it's also a good idea to locate your garden close to the house our yard is so small but this isn't really a factor but if you have a very large yard having the garden closer will make it easier to tend to the garden and to harvest its bounty it's also a good idea to have the garden close to a water source this is certainly true when hand watering that's also true when using an irrigation system because the shorter water runs will be less vulnerable to problems one thing I didn't consider when starting our garden was slope our yard has a slight North facing slope in other words it slopes away from the Sun this is going to result in the soil warming more slowly in the spring in the garden getting off to a slower start because we were already at a disadvantage with limited Sun I decided to correct the slope when I built our raised beds though the yard has a northern slope the beds have a slight southern slope which helps the soil warm in the spring and get the growing season off to an earlier start so if you live in a cooler climate with a relatively short growing season a south-facing slope can provide a significant advantage if on the other hand you live in a very sunny climate so you live in Phoenix Arizona you probably don't want to have your summer garden on a south facing slope another factor to consider is the presence of structures to protect your garden from the elements and possible garden invaders are there trees fences or buildings that won't significantly shade the garden but will provide protection from extreme winds is there fencing or some other barrier to keep deer out of the garden here in the suburbs we don't have to worry about deer but the building's fences and trees that surround the garden protect it from harsh winds and create a nice little microclimate it is friendlier to a vegetable garden than an unprotected area would be finally before you get started make sure to learn if your municipality or homeowners association places any limits on vegetable gardens fans on front yard vegetable gardens are especially common we grow some edibles out front the pad ornamentals but if we wanted to go a full-blown vegetable garden we'd have to get a permit backyard gardens are less often prohibited but some homeowner associations may forbid them so make sure to take these limitations into account early on in your planning process I hope you enjoyed this first video and what I hope to be a series of videos for beginning gardeners the next video will focus on how to start your first vegetable garden bed without spending much money or having to work too hard well that's all for now thank you very much for watching and until next time remember you can change the world one yard at a time

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34 thoughts on “Beginning Gardening Series #1: Best Location for a Vegetable Garden

  1. Hi new backyard Gardner here. Love watching your videos. Can you do a video on where in your garden you planted your backberry and grape plants. They seem to be doing well and producing tons. Trying to get ideas of where I can plant them in my small backyard garden.

  2. Do you have fire ants? and if so how do you keep them out of your outdoor worm habitats, raised beds, etc.?

    Thank you for your amazing content

  3. Your garden looks amazing and your hostas, wow, gorgeous. Do you have slugs at all? If so, how do you deal with them?

  4. Good job! We've included this video in our Best of YouTube for learning to create a veg garden.

  5. New subscriber here. Found you from Jake at White House on the Hill. This video convinced me to subscribe even though I am in the country with 10 acres. 🙂

  6. Thank you for the content. Your garden is so beautiful! I subscribed because I have been saving up to buy a house and would like to grow food in the garden. But I have to admit, I feel very overwhelmed. Preparing the soil and building beds seems to be the fun part honestly. Deciding the crop and protecting it from harsh weather and bug damage is something I know nothing about.

    I still have time before I buy my house in Virginia or Florida and I would like to have a solid plan. when I start gardening.

  7. Patrick, it would be nice to know where you are so we can determine what we need to change in your advice because our conditions may be vastly different.

  8. Wowzers! I didn't know that there are, so many, factors, to consider. I think, I'm going to stick with buying vegetables from the store, but, I'll probably start going to the farmer's markets, sometimes. Thanks, for this helpful video. I learned, alot:)

  9. how truly lost has a society become when they make laws against growing food! its one thing to have most people so lost that they simply dont care to grow thingss but to specifically stop the ones who do from doing it is madness, why do ppl care so much about what others do in their yards, its mental illness

  10. Patrick, I'm trying to decide whether to plant facing south, or East. I live in N . Texas and shade seems to be helpful in mid to late spring and obviously through the summer. My main concern is the heat. Any help would be greatly appreciated, orienting my garden.

  11. Thank you so much for sharing. This is very helpful advice, full of bits and pieces we'd never have thought of before digging in. We really appreciate your time! Happy gardening 🙂

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