Location, location, location
A home garden is one of those things that is uniquely yours. But like any home project you undertake, planning and a little fore thought is required to make it successful. Here’s some basic advice on where to place your garden to maximize its potential. You can also listen to our Burpee Podcast on garden layout and design.
First, think about how much time you want to spend in the garden. A garden bed about 6 ft. by 8 ft., or several large containers, will hold plenty of plants for a small-size or beginner garden. No shortage of fruit, either.
The Right Light
Next, think about light exposure. Herbs and vegetables can be grown just about anywhere the sun shines, so pick a location that gets as much sun as possible throughout the day. Northern vegetable gardens insist on full sun – preferably over six hours each day. It's important that every plant be put into the right light to meet its needs. Be sure to check the plastic plant label of the plants you bring home. Full Sun means 6 hours or more a day. Part Sun means less than 4 hours of sun each day, with morning sun being best. Full Shade means filtered light only. In addition, place tall plants and staked plants like tomatoes, cucumbers and pole beans on the north side of your garden so they won't shade shorter plants.
Have Water Handy
You'll have to water your plants regularly, especially as the season warms up and containers dry out. The closer you can get to a water spigot, the better. You’ll thank me later.
No Yard? No Problem!
Many plants are right at home in containers on your patio, balcony or even front entryway, so you can still grow luscious veggies and gorgeous flowers without a full backyard. Check out our Space Savers collection for ideas on which plants work best in small spaces.