The Q&A Archives: Vegetable Garden Layout

Question: how would you lay out my garden for better heat control and to help get more out of the garden I want to grow tomatoes,cukes,peppers,eggplant,butternut,acorn squash,lettuce and beets,carrots, potatos, basil,celentro, I live in NH

Answer: Whenever possible, I think the rows in the vegetable garden should run north and south, for best sun exposure and air circulation. If the rows run east and west the first row tends to shade the second row, the second row the third and so forth...

Now that you know what you want to plant, here's how to plan so they will perform at their best: The tall crops such as peas, beans and corn, should be planted on the north side of the vegetable garden. In this way they will not shade the rest of the vegetable crops.

In the center of the vegetable garden area, plant the medium sized crops such as cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, tomatoes, squash, pumpkins and other mediums sized crops.

Then at the very southern end of the garden is where the low growing crops like radishes, carrots, beets, lettuce, onions and other low growing ones are planted.

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