If you're on a quest for some organic vegetable garden design ideas, here are 3 unique tips to think about when planning a vegetable garden.
Vegetable Garden Design Tips 1 & 2
1. Remember beauty. Search "Google Images" for the term "vegetable garden" and you'll get hundreds of photos of square and rectangular vegetable gardens. And sure, there are a couple of advantages - they can be easier to water and measure.
But let's remember that it doesn't always have to be so formal. Your organic vegetable garden design layout can be beautiful. Your beds can be curvy and fit in nicely to your existing landscape. They can have some flowers in there for beauty and insect attraction. Remember beauty when planning your garden.
2. House Proximity. Likewise, vegetable gardening doesn't have to be banished to a back corner of your yard. If you study permaculture, you'll learn that the best place for an organic vegetable garden is often right outside the kitchen door - close by for daily harvesting and other tasks.
I like to integrate my vegetable garden designs into the landscape, right by the house, interspersing vegetables with flowers, shrubs and trees. I keep my compost pile close by, too, rather than hiding behind the shed. That way, I have compost nearby all season, which is handy because it allows me to regularly throw in my kitchen scraps without trudging to the back of the property, and I like to keep seeding some vegetables throughout the year. That brings me to planting...
Vegetable Garden Design Tip 3
3. Plant Densely And Informally. Still thinking about beauty, but also other benefits, I like to mix many species of plants together more naturally when planting a vegetable garden rather than having straight rows with just 1 species of plant each. The straight row approach is reminiscent of a farm field, while the mixed species approach is more of a natural, organic vegetable garden design layout.
You'll create a diverse soil food web ecosystem that keeps plant predators and weeds under control, and keeps the ground covered, cool and moist throughout the growing season. If you choose your plants carefully, they will benefit each other with shade, wind protection, nutrition and natural trellises (for example, beans can climb up corn and vetch can climb up ryegrass). Often, when I harvest something, I seed something else to replace it.
Do you have any design tips to share with us? Tell us something you always try to remember in your organic vegetable garden designs.