Planting vegetables in your home garden is becoming more popular as the prices of store-bought veggies rise and the quality declines. Understanding where in your yard your vegetable garden will grow best will ensure that you have success raising your favorite foods. Here is a list of considerations when choosing the best locations for vegetables in your home garden.
Follow the Sun
Most vegetables need as much direct sunlight as you can give them. This is especially true for traditionally hot-climate vegetables like tomatoes, peppers and eggplants. Choose the spot with the longest uninterrupted period of direct sun–at least seven hours. This will most often occur on the south side of the house. Plant the rows from east to west to give them the most sun exposure possible.
Shade the Delicates
Some vegetable prefer a little shade, especially in the heat of midday. Lettuces and other greens are a good example. Too much hot sun scalds the leaves. This doesn't mean that you have to plant these crops in a different garden bed. Simply plan your garden so that a taller crops shades them during the hottest part of the day. An example is to plant tomatoes directly south of the rows of lettuce. The greens will catch the angle of the early morning and late afternoon sun but will be shaded when the sun is directly overhead and at its most powerful.
Plant on High Ground
Most vegetable plants do not like their feet wet. They prefer light crumbly well-drained soil. Before you decide where to locate your garden, observe what happens in your yard during a heavy rainfall. If there are areas that puddle up and take longer to drain than others, avoid those when situating your garden. Too much water will drown the roots of your vegetables and kill the plants. Choose an area that absorbs and disperses rain quickly.