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Choosing The Site For Your Home Vegetable Garden

In deciding which site you should use for the home vegetable garden, it is important to dispose once and for all of the old idea that the garden "patch" must be an ugly spot in the home surroundings. If thoughtfully planned, carefully planted and thoroughly cared for, it may be made a beautiful and harmonious feature of the general landscape scheme, lending a touch of
comfortable homeliness that no shrubs, borders, or beds can ever produce.

With this fact in mind you will not feel restricted to any part of the premises merely because it is out of sight behind the barn or garage. In the average moderate-sized place there will not be much choice anyway, since you will be limited with the size of the land. It is necessary to take what you have and than decide what had to be done to get very best of it. There will probably be a good deal of choice as to, first, exposure, and second, convenience. 

If you have opportunity, try to select a spot near at hand and easy to access. Plan your garden near gardening storage if possible. It may seem that a difference of only a few yards will mean nothing, but if one is depending largely upon spare moments for working in and for watching the garden, this matter of convenient access will be of much greater importance than is likely to be at first recognized. Not until you have had to make a dozen time-wasting trips for forgotten seeds or tools, or gotten your feet soaking wet by going out through the dew-drenched grass, will you realize fully what this may mean.

The one of the most important things to consider in picking out the spot for your garden is exposure to the sun. If choosen right, exposure is going to yield you with happiness and delicious vegetables all summer, or even for many years. Pick out the "earliest" spot you can find that seems to catch sunshine early and hold it late, and that seems to be out of the direct path of the chilling north and northeast winds. If a building, or even an old fence, protects it from this direction, your garden will be helped along wonderfully. Keep this in mind, because for an early start is a great big factor toward success. 

If the spot you choose is not already protected, a board fence, or a hedge of some pretty, low-growing shrubs or young evergreens, will help greatly to its usefulness. The importance of having such a protection or shelter is altogether underestimated by the amateur.

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There is, however, one other thing you must look out for in selecting your garden site, and that is drainage. Dig down eight or twelve inches after you have picked out a favorable spot, and examine the sub-soil. This is the second strata, usually of different texture and color from the rich surface soil, and harder than it. If you find a sandy or gravelly bed, no matter how yellow and poor it looks, you have chosen the right spot. But if it be a stiff, heavy clay, especially a blue clay, you will have either to drain it or be content with a very late garden--that is, unless you are at the top of a knoll or on a slope.