Not only is a putting out a vegetable garden a way to healthy eating, but it in itself can be very rewarding. When you are planning a vegetable garden, you have the satisfaction of knowing they are healthy and there were no harmful chemicals put on them. You can grow only the vegetables that you and your family love.

Many people believe that planning a vegetable garden can be a difficult task. But it is actually a simple and fun project that anyone can learn. If you can prepare for it the right way and have all of the essentials that you need on hand then you will have the ability to grow some of the most delicious wholesome vegetables.

Make sure that you choose a bright sunny area that receives at least six hours of sunlight. If you are planning on growing spinach or lettuce or other leafy crops than it will be fine if you choose a more shady area as these are more tolerant of shade and cooler temperatures.

If your vegetable garden lacks good soil, you may wish to seek to add compost, leaf mold, rotted manure, or peat moss to enrich it. Growing in soil that is mostly clay is also very difficult, but humus or vermiculite may be added to improve drainage issues. Test your soil by squeezing a handful. If it retains the shape but can crumble a bit, then it is likely will only need a bit of organic matter to make it a work well for vegetable gardening.

Mulching around the plants in your vegetable garden in early summer is crucial. A thick layer of mulch applied will improve the moisture retention in the area around the plants as well as deter weeds and some insects. Good mulch products include compost, straw, hay, or shredded bark.

While planning a vegetable garden, consider building a drip irrigation system for your garden. A drip irrigation system will help to give water directly to the vegetables in a way that will benefit them the most. This means that they will hit the root zones. You can install a timer for the irrigation system to start it automatically during set time periods.

Deciding what you wish to grow is a key consideration to planning a vegetable garden. You will want to grow vegetables that fit well with your soil type, and with your personal taste preferences. Focus on these aspects as you plan and plot out your garden. While you may find it interesting to grow all kinds of vegetables, it may not be a good idea if your family refuse to eat them.

Darlene C. Atkins has written on many subjects including natural health, family and planning a vegtable garden .

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Using the Garden Planner to Plan a Vegetable Garden

The Garden Planner is web-based software that puts the information you need at your fingertips while planning a productive garden. A comprehensive selection of vegetables, fruit, herbs and companion planting flowers are available complete with Grow Guides. It’s easy to sketch out your garden area, add objects such as raised beds and compost bins and rearrange items for the perfect layout.

As plants are added, the Garden Planner automatically spaces them correctly, calculating how many will fit into each space. By using data from local weather stations, the best planting dates for your local area are shown and the system can send you email reminders of what to plant through the season. You can allocate plants to be in the ground during different months and view how your garden changes, making it easy to organize succession planting.

When planning the next season’s garden, the system copies the layout, remembering where plants were in previous years and advising where to place them based on the principles of crop rotation.

In this video we present a quick overview of the Garden Planner features and show how it can save you time and money when planning your perfect vegetable, herb and fruit garden.

Our online Garden Planner is available from several major websites and seed suppliers:
http://www.GrowVeg.com
http://gardenplanner.motherearthnews.com
http://gardenplanner.almanac.com
and many more…