Sometimes in planning a garden we get carried away with what to plant. Be practical, spend some time thinking about how you cook, and how your family eats. Plan on planting something for everyone’s taste.
What you find to eat in your garden also depends on the season. In some areas of the county, you can grow lettuce, broccoli, cabbage, tomatoes, cucumbers, and peppers all together during the summer. In warmer areas, lettuce and other greens are grown in the spring and fall.
Your garden will need to be defined by the number of hours you’re willing to spend gardening each week, how much space is available, how your garden fits into your yard, and what site makes the most sense. You’ll also have to decide whether you’re going to garden at ground level or in raised beds. You may also want to consider a separate garden for the children.
1. What do I really want to grow?
2. Do I want a combination in-ground and container garden?
3. How big should I make my garden?
4. How much time do I have to spend each week?
5. Can I integrate my garden into my landscaping?
6. Do I want raised beds?
7. Do I need to grow my garden against a fence to support my vine plants?
8. Do I want to garden vertically?
9. Does pocket gardening make sense in my yard?
10. Do I want to grow enough vegetables to freeze or can?