A proper vegetable garden layout is not just aesthetically pleasing but also better functioning. How you lay out your garden space can depend on many variables: how permanent you want the garden, the amount of space available, how large you wish the garden to be and any physical limitations that might need to be factored into the layout.
Square Foot Garden and Raised Beds
Square foot gardening has increased in popularity among gardeners who are looking to create a functional vegetable patch without giving up the aesthetic look of a formal garden space. Originated by author Mel Bartholomew, his book "Square Foot Gardening" takes the idea of grids to a raised garden space. By planting each different types of plant in one particular square foot grid, you can better control the particular nutrient and watering needs of each individual variety.
Whether you purchase Bartholomew's book or modify the idea to your own tastes, square foot gardening is one easy way to create a raised bed garden without the heavy digging and tilling of a new garden plot. Using a raised bed can help cut down on weeding, resist garden pests such as rabbits and offer better mobility to gardeners with special needs.
Traditional Row Garden
The age-old row garden consists of long rows of the same plants running parallel to one another. Row gardens are a good choice for large spaces where tillers and seed-planting machines make the job of preparation easier. Row gardening is probably your least expensive option as the only real cost in preparation is running the tiller to prepare the soil instead of creating raised beds, using containers or gridding off areas.
The French look at vegetable plants as part of their overall garden beauty. A French garden mixes trees, bushes, perennials, annuals, herbs and vegetables all in symmetrically shaped beds, depending on their sunlight and nutrient needs for maximum efficiency and display. One benefit to this method is companion planting--the idea that certain flowers or herbs planting alongside vegetables act as a natural deterrent to insects and other pests.
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