|Now that some of your catalogs have arrived, it's time to begin designing
your vegetable garden. Use graph paper and colored pencils to sketch out
your garden. To make the most of your garden space, lay out three designs:
early, midseason, and late. Most gardeners will find that they can plan to
harvest two or three crops from the same plot if they plan carefully.
Place tall vegetables such as pole beans, corn and tomatoes at the north
end of your garden so they won't shade shorter plants. Shorter plants such
as lettuce, beets and carrots will need a southern exposure.
Don't plant vegetables from the same family in an area where they grew last
year. The nightshade family includes tomatoes, potatoes, peppers and
eggplant. The brassicas family includes broccoli, Brussels sprouts,
cabbage, kohlrabi, and mustard. Vine crops include squash, melons,
cucumbers and pumpkins.