Garden Layout plan
Here are a few pointers to consider when designing your market garden layout
- Position – Depending on the slope of the available land for your garden, it is always advisable to have beds on contour in order to maximise rain water retention and to prevent unnecessary runoff and erosion. The principle of soil rehydration techniques by using swales and berms on contour is valuable in this regard.
- Size of beds. – Same sized beds are useful as this allows you to use equipment such as irrigation systems optimally. ‘One size fits all’. At Well Grown our standard length of our beds are 30 meters and 80cm wide with 450cm pathways between beds. This allows us to access from either side. By having the same size beds planning becomes easier and by having the same length of irrigation pipes, one can easily move them from bed to bed.
- Types of beds – suggested permanent raised beds.
- Food forest principals
- Rotational crops
- Succession planting
- Access and efficiency
- Processing and storage facilities