When planning your garden, it is important to ask a few basic
Who will be doing the work? Will the garden be a group project
with family members or friends who will work willingly through the
season to a fall harvest, or will you be handling the hoe alone,
in between camping and swimming? Remember, a small weed-free
garden will produce more than a large weedy mess.
What do you and your family like to eat? Although the pictures
in the garden catalog look delicious, there is no value in taking
up gardening space with vegetables that no one eats. Make a list
of your family's favorite vegetables, ranked in order of
preference. This will make a useful guide in deciding how much to
plant of each. Successive plantings of certain crops, such as
beans, will give a longer harvest period and increase your yield.
List recommended varieties and planting dates.
How do you plan to use the produce from your garden? If you plan
to can, freeze, dry, or store part of the produce, this will be a
factor not only in planning the size of the garden but also in
selecting the varieties grown. Some varieties have much better
keeping quality than others. Care should be used in choosing the
seeds, making sure the varieties you select are adapted to your
area and intended use.
How much space is available? That is, how much area can be
converted into usable garden space, not simply how much empty
ground is available.