Vegetable Garden Planning

In No Guff Vegetable Gardening we give readers lots of things to consider when planning a vegetable garden.

And we warn that planning a garden is great detox therapy for perfectionists! That’s because there are so many things over which we have no control when we garden.

Here’s some of what we say about planning in the book No Guff Vegetable Gardening:

There is no “right” way to plan your garden. Instead of focusing on what’s right, think about what suits your needs.

When you make a plan, all you’re doing is:

  • Defining the garden area
  • Listing the crops you want to grow
  • Then slotting those crops into that space

You can do it on the computer, but all you really need is paper, a pencil, and a good eraser.

Steve says: If you’re worried that you don’t have the artistic skills or gardening knowledge necessary to sketch out a rough garden plan, stop worrying. I can barely draw a stick person—but I can make a garden plan. You can too.

Donna says: I like to use large sheets of graph paper for planning. Each square is one quarter inch across. I use the scale of one square equals one square foot in the garden. Most average front or backyards can be drawn on one sheet of paper. I put in the permanent fixtures such as fences, paved areas and, of course, the house or apartment and large permanent trees. Mark north and south on the plan and then look for areas that get the most light. These are your future vegetable garden areas.