Planting a vegetable garden can be fun and rewarding. Not only will you have a chance to indulge your green thumb, you will also have some delicious produce to show for all of your hard work. Before you begin planting your seeds, take some time to properly plan your garden. Planning the layout of your vegetable garden before planting will help ensure that each crop is in the optimum location for its growing needs.
Determine what vegetables will be planted in your garden. For each vegetable you select, check the seed packaging for information regarding the suggested spacing and required sunlight.
Draw a grid on a piece of paper to represent the available space for your garden. Plan rows running from north to south for maximum sunlight and air circulation for your plants.
Select a row for each of your crops. Keep tall crops such as corn and beans in the back of the garden to avoid shading the plants in front of them. Place medium height crops such as squash, broccoli, and cabbage in the center of the garden. Put short crops such as carrots, beets, and onions in the front of the garden. If you live in the Northern Hemisphere, place your taller plants at the north end of the garden, and vice versa for the Southern Hemisphere.
Create a planting schedule if you will be staggering your plantings. This is a useful method if your crops need to planted at different times of the year, or if you are planting a very large crop and want it to mature gradually rather than all at once. Indicate on your chart when each crop will be planted. By planning this out ahead of time, you'll make sure that your previous plantings won't get in the way of future ones. Work from the inside out so you won't have to climb over existing vegetables to plant new ones.