Plan Your Garden During Your Home Extension

A good plan can help you create the perfect garden during your home extension. You have to choose the right location, size of the garden and varieties and types of plants to grow. It’s also important to plan when, where and how much of each plant to grow in the garden.

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Garden Size

A large garden is difficult to maintain. You have to consider various factors when deciding on the size of the garden such as the available room, time and family size. Those who don’t have enough space can consider a planter box. If you’re too busy, you may not be able to take care of your garden. Another significant factor is your reason for gardening. A big area is required for those who want to grow vegetables for freeing or vanning. You also need to consider the kinds of vegetables to be grown. Most plants require at least 3′ of space between rows.

Location

Pick a location with loose, well-drained and level soil. Avoid areas where the soil is always wet. You should also avoid sites where water stands as plants won’t grow properly in those areas. Avoid planting in areas where shrubs, buildings or trees will shade your garden. Most plants need at least six hours of sunlight every day. If possible, build your garden near a water supply. Water is required, especially when planting seeds or during long dry periods.

What to Grow

When choosing what to grow in your garden, you have to consider the space available to you. Vine crops like cucumbers can be grown in a small garden by trellising them on a fence or other structures. You also need to consider your expected production. Beets, radishes and other small, quick-maturing plants don’t require a lot of space. Other factors that you should consider include the cost of vegetables and its food value and your personal preference.

Timing

Cool-season crops should be planted before the soil warms in spring or late summer. This kind of vegetables can withstand lower temperatures. Warm-season crops should be planted after the last frost in the spring because these crops can’t endure frost and won’t grow when the soil is cool. You also need to consider how much you should plant. This depends on various factors such as family size and your expected production. Avoid plating too much because it takes a lot of time and effort to maintain.

Location of Plants in the garden

You have to arrange the plants in a way that it receives ample sunlight. For instance, tall plants like corn and okra should be placed on the north side of your garden so that they will not shade shorter plants. You should also group plants according to maturity to make it easier to replant after getting rid of an early crop. Small, fast-maturing plants can be placed between larger ones. Try to plant vine crops near a trellis or fence to save space. You can draw the location of plants on paper to get clearer about their proper placement.

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