It's time to prepare the fall vegetable garden. Successful gardens are the result of planning and commitment. You might even want to try organic gardening. Here's some information regardless of the methods of culture:
Start planning now: Consider the size of your family and the amount of produce you can use or may want to share. If you've never had a vegetable garden, you may want to start small.
Choose the location: Select a location with good, well-drained soil near a water supply that is not shaded by tall buildings or trees. Most vegetables need six to eight hours of full sun each day. Enclosing the garden with a fence can help keep out small critters that may want to eat your tender plants or vegetables as they begin to develop.
The garden design: Many gardeners find it helpful to draw on paper the location of each row and the crop or succession of crops to be planted. Since we garden in the fall, winter and early spring, keep in mind that the sun is lower in the south sky. To avoid tall plants shading shorter ones, locate your tallest plants in the garden to the north and successively shorter plants to the south.
NEXT WEEK: Preparing the soil.
Information from Carol Suggs and Theresa Badurek of the Pinellas County Extension Service and Hillsborough County Extension Gardening Almanac was used in this report.