Choose the Best Garden Site (Video)


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Are you looking to start a vegetable garden, or expand your current garden? Before you dig in, you’ll need to decide on the best garden site to achieve excellent harvests. Consider these factors as you choose your ideal garden location:

Sun and shade. Choose an open, sunny spot for most crops. Not that some, such as leafy salads and chives, are fine in partial shade. In cooler climates, a suntrap is ideal for tender crops. In hot climates, some crops may need to be grown under shade cloth or in the shadows of taller plants.

Airflow. Solid walls or fences can cause the wind to form destructive turbulence on the leeward side. Hedges and open or woven fences filter the wind and provide good airflow, promoting sturdy growth in your plants and suppressing fungal diseases and some pests.

Water. Locate your new garden beds conveniently close to an outdoor water source. Soil can be too dry next to walls and fences, and under overhanging trees, for good plant growth.

Frost. Frost pockets can damage young growth and prevent successful early sowings. Cold air sinks to the lowest part of the garden and pools against obstructions, such as fences.

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