First thing’s first, it’s all about location baby!
When it comes to scoping out a location for your vegetable garden, there is one thing that vegetables (and most flowers) need that we have plenty of…sun!
So, first and foremost, pick a location for planting vegetables that gets about 6 hours of full sun a day.
The spot you’re looking at in the photo above is the spot I chose several years ago. When we bought our home in Burbank, there were 6 Camilla trees planted here. They were lovely indeed, but they were also in the location that would best suit veggies…and I went with veggies.
Sun is not something we’re short on, but space can be a challenge. Oftentimes, putting a garden in, weather it be veggies or flowers means a sacrifice of areas important for our kiddos, but if you can get creative on the location, you won’t regret it.
When choosing a location for a garden, whether big or small, pick a location that is (essentially) free from kids feet or your family pet’s daily frolicking.
Since the yards in Burbank are pretty small, depending on where you live, you might consider growing certain veggies in pots or raised beds. These two options could be placed anywhere in full sun that is convenient for your family.
What’s also important in choosing a location is the soil. I’ll talk about preparing your soil in the next post, but you do need to consider this when choosing a location.
The last thing to look for when planting is access to water. Flowers and especially vegetables need a lot of water. Be sure to plant near an already in place sprinkler system and/or a location close to a water spicket for easy access. Water is a huge concern here in Southern California. And although vegetables require a lot of water, you do have options for wise-water use and planting drought tolerant flowers to accent and save a little aqua.
So, in preparation of location, remember these things:
1. Veggies need a lot of sun. 6+ hours a day!
2. Pick a location free from foot traffic…kids or pets.
3. Be sure there is well draining soil.
4. There must be access to water.