Califonia Bountiful

Sprouting wisdom

March/April 2017 California Bountiful magazine

Gardening advice to grow from

Advice: To find the perfect site for your garden, "take the following into account: well-drained soil, easy water access, level is best, keep it close, consider underground problems (wires or cables) … and consider fencing potential." —Barbara Ellis, author of "The Veggie Gardener's Answer Book"

My take: If you can succeed in all these areas, you will indeed have the perfect gardening spot. Good soil is key. A level site certainly makes it easier to navigate and plant. Keeping the garden close to the house, or at least in a spot where you can see it or where you will walk by it each day, ensures a greater chance at success. If you see it, you will take care of it, you will notice when there are problems and you will harvest the produce. Staying away from large trees (the roots can get in the garden and compete for water), plumbing systems, water pipes and underground wires will make life easier if there is ever a problem with any of these areas. Do you have deer or raccoons or neighbors' dogs? Consider a fence. The fence can be a decorative part of the garden.

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