How do you Plan an Organic Vegetable Garden?

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The need to use harmful chemicals is eliminated from an organic vegetable garden by implementing strategies that enhance the natural immunity of vegetable plants and their environment. When vegetable plants and their environment is naturally healthy they can withstand pest infestations and diseases, weather-related changes, and anything else that can negatively affect the production ability of the vegetable plants.

The strategies that enhance the health of the vegetable garden include building healthy soil, providing the correct amount of water and other growing conditions, using natural pest control methods and using beneficial companion plant pairings. 

You can create a strong foundation that allows you to use these strategies by properly planning your organic vegetable garden before starting it. Planning will ensure that you have created a vegetable garden that is suitable for you and your climate, have chosen the most suitable vegetables for your garden, and have created an ideal layout. 

Step 1: Design your ideal vegetable garden

  • Decide on the type of vegetable garden that’s most suitable for you 

Vegetables can be grown directly in the ground, in raised beds or in containers. 

Growing vegetables directly in an in-ground vegetable garden is the simplest, easiest and cheapest method to get started if you have access to a garden that has reasonably healthy and safe soil that is free of contaminants. 

Raised bed vegetable gardens are ideal if you don’t have level ground or healthy soil, you find it difficult to bend or if you just like the look of an organized, neat vegetable garden. However, raised beds can be expensive and take some effort to get started. 

Container vegetable gardens are ideal for those who don’t have access to an actual garden. In addition, a container garden gives you the ability to control the soil and environment of your plants to a greater extent but this comes with additional maintenance and care needs, and can be costly to start. 

  • Choose the best location available for your vegetable garden

Choosing the most suitable place available for your vegetable garden is a key step in planning an organic vegetable garden. A vegetable garden needs to have enough sunlight, water, air circulation, drainage, level ground or a slight slope, and good soil to be productive. In addition, you have to be able to easily access your garden to be able to care for and maintain it. 

Selecting the best location possible for your vegetable garden even before you start will ensure that you will have the most productive garden possible using the space, time, and effort that you can spare.

You can read more about how you can meet each of the requirements of an organic vegetable garden and their importance here

Step 2: Choose the best plants for your vegetable garden

Even if you have chosen the most suitable type of vegetable garden for your needs and placed it in the best location you have, it would be of no use if you don’t grow vegetables that suit your needs, your climate, and the microclimates in your vegetable garden. 

  • Select the types and varieties of vegetables that you should grow

It goes without saying that you should grow vegetables that you and your family like to eat and vegetables that you’ve enjoyed growing previously. Despite this, these vegetables should be suitable for your climate and the season you are planning for. Next, you should take a good look at your vegetable garden and determine if you can provide the correct growing conditions for these plants, in particular the type of soil and the amount of sunlight. Finally, after you have a list of all suitable vegetables, you may need to narrow it down so that you have a mix of types of vegetables that you are happy with. 

This process can be broken down into 4 distinct steps. Each of these 4 steps are described in detail here

  • Decide on whether you should start your vegetable garden from seeds or seedlings

A small but important decision that you need to decide on is whether you will start your vegetable plants from seeds or buy seedling from a nursery that you can directly transplant into your vegetable garden. 

There is no right or wrong answer to the question ‘is it better to plant vegetable seeds or seedlings?’. It all depends on the amount of time and money you can spend, the type of vegetable plants that you want to grow, and how easy it is for you to purchase good quality seedlings.

To get an overview of the differences between starting vegetable plants from seeds or purchased seedlings, read this blog post. 

  • Choose the correct number of plants that you will need to grow

Deciding on the number of plants of each type of vegetable that you will need to grow will help you plan the layout of your garden and will inform you of how many seeds or seedlings you’ll need to start.

The number of vegetable plants that you should grow will depend on how much you want to and need to produce, how you plan to use your produce, and last but not least, the space you have in your vegetable garden. Read this blog post to find out more information on how each of these factors will impact your decision.

Step 3: Plan the layout of your vegetable garden

Creating a layout for your vegetable garden is the last step involved in planning your organic vegetable garden and will bring together all the small decisions you’ve made so far.

Your vegetable garden layout will be the map that you use to know exactly where each vegetable plant should go. You may need to change your garden layout a few times until you arrive at the best possible layout. For a couple of important tips to consider while creating your layout, visit this blog post

Although not a step in the process of creating a plan for your organic vegetable garden, you should decide on how you will keep records of your vegetable garden right at the planning stage. This is so that you will not miss recording any important details right from the start. 

Your vegetable garden journal should include the layout of your vegetable garden that you have created, along with notes that you’ve made while creating the layout. In addition, you will need to record actions that you have taken and when, changes in your vegetable plants and when you observed the change, and observations of the environment around your vegetable plants and when the observations were made. If you don’t know how and where to start, we have some vegetable garden journal templates that you can download for free to get you started right away. 

Now that you have a good idea of the steps involved in planning your organic vegetable garden, you can download our FREE Organic Vegetable Planning checklist so that you can easily refer back to this process. 

How do you Plan an Organic Vegetable Garden?

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