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When I moved into my current home a little over five years ago, I chose a sunny spot for my vegetable garden (it was obvious that this place had previously been used as a single unit) and installed two raised beds. The plot received a lot of sunlight to grow a lot of vegetables and drain well. However, since then the roof on the treetops has expanded (I live in a ravine overgrown with trees), and this part of the yard receives much less sunlight than before. This brings me to an important point that I’ve been thinking about a lot while waiting for spring: the importance of planning a garden bed.

Whether you’re planning to dig a new garden bed or have just moved in and are evaluating what to plant on an existing garden bed, you need to make sure you know the area.

A few tips for planning a garden bed

First, if you’re dealing with an empty shale and want to dig around, be sure to call your gas company to make sure there aren’t any hidden pipes to worry about. During the summer months, I usually get a notification with my gas bill that says: “This is the law,” and I first contact the company before digging around.

Secondly, you want to evaluate your soil. Is it hard or loamy soil (which needs to be changed), will it be easy to dig or will you need a chisel? Is the soil well drained? When I was writing my book, The Raised Bed Revolution, I submerged the raised bed in a wet area in my backyard, and I have to say that the bed doesn’t empty very well after heavy rain.

If you are planting vegetables, you also need to assess the pH of the soil. Jessica wrote a great article about why soil pH is important.

Then you want to know where the sun hits your garden. Some areas are obvious shady gardens, while others enjoy full sun. Bring it back to my original two raised beds, now you get less sunlight during the day because the Sun moves across my property because the trees have grown and give more shade than before.

I can still plant on these beds, I will just be sure that I will transfer real heat lovers, such as tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, etc. D., to the new raised beds that I will build around.from the side of my house, which receives a lot of sunlight. As for the raised beds, I always say that you can put them everywhere, provided that the plot receives from six to eight hours of sunlight a day.

If you and your garden have just met, Paul Zammit, director of horticulture at the Toronto Botanical Garden, once suggested that I draw a plan of your garden on millimeter paper, and then record the sunrise at 10:00, noon, 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. I think it’s a great exercise, even if you’ve lived in your house for several seasons.

And the last thing that bothers me when planning where my next raised beds will be buried is the fact that the territory in which I’m going to build them is interspersed with a bindweed, also known as the curse of my green thumb’s existence.

A garden designer I met last summer suggested covering the plot with garden bags and mulch to suffocate and finish everything. But I think, just in matter, I’ll also put landscape fabric on the floor by my beds.

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