Your Ideal Garden Location

Are you considering the idea of growing a vegetable garden? Or perhaps moving your garden to a new location? Before you dive head first, consider the following!

Consider Topography

In order to maintain proper soil conditions, flat ground is key. Planting on a hill will cause run off leading to drought, while planting in a low spot could drown your plants. Early seedlings could also be washed away in both of these circumstances.

Find the Sun

Most vegetables require full sunlight for at least 6 hours a day, therefore, picking a plot in full sun is extremely important.

Water Accessibility

Everything living needs water. Consider placement of your new garden near a water spigot, well pump, or if needed, a location that could be accessed with a water hose. Make things as easy as possible, to avoid neglect and your plants frying in the hot summer sun.

And most importantly…..CALL BEFORE YOU DIG!

Once you have picked an ideal location, you’ll need to check for public utilities a few days prior to your spade or tillage equipment hitting the ground. This is as simple as dialing 811 from any landline or cell phone, and alerts utility operators in your area to mark any buried utility lines on your property with paint or flags. Avoid digging on top of or within 18-24” on all sides of utility marks, which may mean moving your ideal garden location to another part of your yard less congested with buried lines. Ignoring this step can be quite costly and set you back on your project.

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