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Basic Garden Planning

The first thing to decide is the location of your garden. If at all possible you are looking for somewhere with which is well lit, has good drainage, reasonably exposed with room for air to freely circulate for ventilation though not susceptible to harsh winds. If you do live in an area prone to strong winds then the introduction of a few hardy bushes or small trees can act as a natural wind break.

Next have a think about the size of your garden. If you are new to the hobby it is perhaps best to start reasonably small to see how you get along before thinking about increasing the size of your garden. And remember that tending your garden is a regular activity so make sure you have the time and inclination to do that.

Once you have decided on size it is time to start thinking about what you want to grow. Sketch out a simple plan of what you see yourself planting and cultivating. This might include a few vegetables, some nice flowers and perhaps a couple of shrubs or bushes. Remember that what you do plant will need room to grow so be sure to leave enough space on your plan for this.

The final lay out of your garden will then start to take shape. Save your plan as a reference tool so that you have a record of what you planted where so you can take in to consideration future planning if for example any crop rotation is required to rest areas of soil so they can replenish.

Another consideration in your planning is the amount of growing time anything you plant in your garden will need to grow to maturity. Things you plant will grow at different rates so it is important to factor this in and plan ahead for anything which may be a slow grower, needs more space to grow in to or might need relocating in the garden as it develops.