Choosing a Location For Garden

Choosing A Location for Your Garden

Want to start a garden? One of the most important decisions is choosing a location for your garden. Without a doubt, it means simply doing the best one can with conditions. The key to planting the location is the sun.

Choosing A Location for Your Garden

So, you decided on a garden type, correct? Now, let’s choose just the right site for the garden. What shall be chosen? Ideas to keep in mind.


The greatest determining factor in any type of garden is the sun. No one would have a north corner unless it was absolutely forced upon him; because, while north corners do for ferns, certain wildflowers, and begonias, they are of little use as spots for a general garden.

Southern Exposure

If possible, choose the ideal spot a southern exposure. Here the sun lies warm all day long.

Plant Rows That Run North & South

When choosing a location for your garden remember to think about planting your garden rows of vegetables and flowers. They do best when they run north and south.

A.) Plants receive the sun’s rays all morning on the eastern side.

B.) All the afternoon on the western side.

This keeps your plants from being lopsided.

Suppose the garden faces southeast. In this case, the western sun is out of the problem. In order to get the best distribution of sunlight in that case run the rows northwest and southeast.

Evenly Distributed Light

The idea is to get the most sunlight as evenly distributed as possible for the longest period of time. From the lopsided growth of window plants, it is easy enough to see the effect on plants of poorly distributed light. So if you use a little diagram remembering that you wish the sun to shine part of the day on one side of the plants and part on the other, you can juggle out any situation.

Southern Exposure

The southern exposure gives the ideal case because the sun gives halftime nearly to each side.

Northern Exposure

A northern exposure may mean an almost entire cut-off from sunlight.

Northeastern & Southwestern

Northeastern & Southwestern places always get uneven distribution of sun’s rays, no matter how carefully this is planned.

Let’s Talk About Watering Shall We?

Another deciding factor is how you plan on watering your garden. If you have a sprinkler system already installed for your grass, then it could be a good idea to put your garden in the middle of your yard. Then it will get watered at the same time, and require no extra work on your part.

But when choosing a location for your garden if this doesn’t work for you, then you will have to give some thought to the location for watering your garden too.

Watering By Hose?

Be sure that you will be able to reach your garden area with a hose. 

Seems like something silly to have to mention, but I can tell you of one person in my neighborhood who had to rethink his thoughts of the garden placement after his garden hose couldn’t reach the facet.

To Sum Things Up

Just think: If I were a plant, would I be able to flourish here? Do I have everything I need in this location to help me grow strong and proud? If you can honestly answer yes, then I think it’s time for you to move onto the next step prepping for your garden.

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