The Best Spot for Your Vegetable Garden
The best place to grow your own food? Close to home, in the sun, a little protected from the wind, and not too close to trees and bushes.
Here you'll find all the info you need about where you should (and shouldn't) place your planters or grow bags:
6-8 Hours of Sun
Plants need enough sunlight to grow. Sunlight helps them produce most of their own nutrients.
Put your planter in a place that gets at least six hours of sunlight a day.
Six hours is enough for leafy greens.
All other vegetables do best with 8 hours of sunlight. Tomatoes and other sun-loving vegetables prefer a little more.
How do you figure out how many hours of sunlight a spot gets?
First, look around at which potential garden spots get some sun.
Then, when it's sunny, check out those spots at it at different times of the day. For example, some spots may be in full sun in the morning but when the afternoon comes, they get shade.
Also, consider the time of year. A place that is in the shade in early spring may get enough hours of sun in summer because the sun is much higher then.
In almost every garden you can find a spot that gets 8 hours of sunlight. And it might not be the most obvious place. Maybe your front yard is better than the back yard - just like Karina's:
Or you may need to place elevate your planters so they get enough sunlight.
Above all, find the best sun you can. It can mean the difference between a decent harvest and a great harvest.
Shade Can be Tricky
Shade moves around. Sometimes a spot looks sunny enough in the morning, but from noon on it is shaded by a building. So, your plants won't get enough sun.
Buildings aren't the only culprits. Pay attention to trees and shrubs: they grow faster than you think. Before you know it, they will overshadow your vegetable garden box.
Protection from the Wind
If possible, protect your garden from the wind.
In most places, this shouldn't be a problem. But here in our garden, the wind is unpredictable. There's a clear difference between plants suffering in the wind and the ones that are shielded.
If you garden on an open roof terrace, a wind barrier can help.
On the Dry Side
Your garden must be able to get rid of excess water. So, you don't want a spot where water collects after heavy rain.
It's true what they say: Out of sight, out of mind. Is your planter way in the back yard or hidden behind a hedge? You will forget about it. You'll harvest less from it. And you'll probably neglect the plants.
Place your container as close to the kitchen as possible. Ideally, you want to see it from your window. This way, you can easily walk into your vegetable garden in the middle of cooking and pick something yummy.
Make it Accessible
You want to be able to easily work with your planter. It can be a pain in the butt if your planters are all right next to each other, without enough space in between. Make a path for yourself, so you feel welcome in your own garden. ;-)
Also, as your plants get bigger, they're going to hang a bit over the edges. With space between the planters, this is not a problem.
If you put 2 planters with climbing racks behind each other, keep a gap of at least 90 cm between them: then they will never be in each other's shadow.
Our planters can be placed almost anywhere because they take up little space. A little postage stamp garden. You can put them on your balcony, roof terrace, back garden, the roof of your shed: it's all possible.
Count semi-rock star status among your neighbors.
Are you setting up more than one planter? Nice. Feel free to put them in different places: they don't necessarily have to be near each other.
Found a spot?
Great. You're ready to rock. Follow the instructions for building your planters, and good luck!