A vegetable garden design is a topic I rarely discuss. But vegetables don’t only make good food for the table, they also play an important role in turning a regular garden into a lovely paradise.
Help yourself to these great ideas and tips on how to manage a vegetable garden design this cool autumn season.
How to Plan a Fall Vegetable Garden Design Layout
With the cooling of the temperature this season, and the shortened daytime, picking a location that gets as much sunlight as possible would be ideal. Identifying the perfect location first for your vegetable garden will help you with your next steps.
After you’ve picked a perfect spot, you can now decide on what design to use knowing the limits or the plus sides to your location.
If it’s a small space, then a raised bed is perfect. For a much smaller space, container gardening would be ideal.
Step 3. Identify the Plants to Grow
Contrary to what you probably know, there’s actually a good choice of vegetables to grow in the cool fall season. Determine your hardiness zone to know what to plant now.
Many may think the growing season is limited to summer. In fact, vegetables such as beet, celery, kale, spinach, onions, chard, lettuce, and brassicas like cabbages, cauliflowers, and brussel sprouts grow best in the cool season.
Step 4. Understand Companion Planting
Several of the fall vegetables can be prone to pests and diseases, like cabbages and lettuce. To counter this gardening challenge organically, it’s best to grow them with insect repellent plants.
There are also hardy perennial herbs insects dislike. These make for good fall vegetable companion plants.
Step 5. Choose a Vegetable Garden Design
Now that you’ve identified your garden space and location, and selected your plants, you can determine the layout for your vegetable garden. Check out the vegetable garden designs below.
- Fall Container Gardening
As I have time and again discussed, vegetables are great in containers too. This lets you keep your vegetables indoors if frost comes earlier. And you won’t have to worry about weeds and pests with a limited area to work on.
- Fall Raised Bed Garden
A lot of gardeners will tell you that they prefer gardening in raised bed and I do too especially when it comes to fall gardening. I can grow a variety of vegetables just enough for my family’s consumption without so much fuss and hassle.
- Fall Vegetables In Ground
If you’re up to a fall gardening challenge and wish to grow more vegetables, then in-ground vegetable gardening is for you. What’s best with in-ground vegetable gardening is your plants will get more of the nutrients needed for plant growth.
Step 6. Consider a Front Yard Fall Vegetable Garden
Grow purple Winterborn kale and red cabbages with chrysanthemums for a head-turning effect. You can also grow a new garden in spring since your fall vegetables will be harvested once frost comes.
Step 7. Create a Fall Garden Design Layout
You don’t have to be a sketch artist to layout those drawings and measurements. My kid can draw better than me, but I layout my garden with just words and crisscross symbols. So just go ahead, and have fun with it.
On the practical note, some season-extending tools will help ensure gardening success. Using row covers or homemade greenhouse will help protect your plants. Indoor grow lights for starting seeds, on the other hand, will help you grow better seedlings fast so you can make time.
Plan a fall vegetable garden with these ideas from this eHow video:
With fall vegetable garden tips plus vegetable garden design ideas, your garden is good to go. So you’ve got nothing left to do, but get growing!
Download this FREE printable and keep track of your plants easily.
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