Perfect spot

Perfect spot

Perfect spot (3)

A perfect spot for crops

Temperature is another important consideration when it comes to choosing a site for your crops. Some gardens have frost pockets, which are low-lying areas, where cold air gets trapped on still winter nights, increasing the likelihood of frosts. Check your garden after a hard frost to see if there’s a patch that is still white when everywhere else has thawed. Planting in such a cold spot will lead to frost damage and slow growth, and should be avoided.

Open ground gets the full benefit of any rainfall, so that you are less likely to have to water the plants yourself. However, an open site can leave your crops at the mercy of the weather, particularly damage from strong winds.

In exposed gardens, you should put up windbreaks to reduce the force of gusts as much far as possible. Don’t build a solid wall, because air pressure creates turbulence on the leeward side of the barrier that can be worse than the unimpeded wind. Choose a permeable barrier, such as a fence or a hedge, that will break the force of the wind without creating unpredictable eddies. Also watch out for gaps between buildings and walls that could funnel wind.

A long-neglected corner where nothing much ever seems to grow is not the right place to start a vegetable garden. Provide an open site for your crops, with plenty of sunshine during the day to warm the soil and give the plants energy for rapid growth. A position away
from the shade and competing roots of shrubs or large trees is essential. If your site isn’t ideal, try to improve it as best you can. This will not only ensure better harvests, but also make growing much simpler.

Let in as much light as possible by cutting back overhanging growth, and create raised beds to lift crops above competing roots.