For me, growing vegetables is the most enjoyable form of gardening.  Providing fresh vegetables NurturingCredit: © MaksymFilipchuk - Fotolia.comfor your family, friends, and neighbors, is very rewarding.  There are many things to consider when designing a vegetable garden.  Which vegetables grow well near each other?  Some vegetables produce substances that can prevent other plants growth.  Tall vegetables can shade out shorter vegetables.  Plus you need to consider which of these plants will provide your family with the most enjoyment.  No use growing beautiful Brussels sprouts if nobody you know likes Brussels sprouts!  The good news is that most vegetables have similar growing requirements. 

Consider the amount of direct sunlight your vegetables will receive. Most will grow their best with 6-8 hours or more of direct sunlight.  Leafy greens can handle less sun and crops that prefer cool weather, like lettuce, will continue to grow throughout the summer if shaded.

You should place your garden in an area close to a source of water.  It is also nice to have it in an area that is visible to you and your friends.  Not only is it a great conservation starter, but it is not “out of sight, out of mind”!

Soil is the most important factor in any garden and especially in your vegetable garden.  Before planting your new garden you should definitely have a complete soil analysis done.  Vegetables are heavy feeders and need the right nutrients in proper amounts to prevent disease and pest problems.   

Drainage is another consideration when choosing a garden location.  Soil that doesn’t drain well promotes fungal growth.  On the other hand, you don’t want all your water and nutrients you add to simply run off either

If you are having trouble choosing a good location for your vegetable garden you might want to think about Container Gardening.  Growing your vegetables in containers gives you the ultimate control over every aspect of your garden.  From the amount of sunlight to the quality of the soil, everything is designed and picked out by you.  The obvious drawback is space.  You probably don’t want to grow pumpkins in a pot!  Another advantage to container gardens is the amount of tools you need.  Weeding, tilling, digging, edging…. Etc, it is all easier when your plants are in small containers.  The weeds are easy pickings and there is no digging, edging, or tilling.

Where ever you decide to put your new vegetable garden, don’t lose track of the most important thing.  You are doing this for fun!  Growing a vegetable garden should be a passion.  Hopefully it becomes a family affair that continues year after year.  There is no sweeter tasting veggie than one you and yours planted and nurtured yourselves!