1 THE SITE:Pick a kitchen garden site with good southern exposure, and then consider all the views both inside and outside the house. Picture in your mind how a garden could fit into your landscape and the natural routine of your day. Would you enjoy looking down on the garden from the kitchen window?
2 GARDEN BEDS: Determine if you prefer a raised bed, or one that is flush with the ground. Square and rectangular shapes are easier to plant than round. Garden beds should be no wider than your arm can reach to avoid stepping into the center of the beds, preferably about 3 feet.
3 GARDEN PATHS: Paths hold the design together and establish the character of the kitchen garden. Set the paths between the garden beds in a practical design that allows enough room to turn the wheelbarrow, and easy movement. The main garden paths are ideally 3 to 4 feet wide, while auxiliary paths can, just enough for a stepping-stone to get into the beds for weeding. Plan your paths for easy access to the tool shed and compost pile.
4 BOUNDARIES: A garden wall around the perimeter of the kitchen garden creates a transition between the garden and the lawn. Consider a low stonewall, a boxwood hedge, or rustic split rail fence. Consider the type of fence or border that fits your own garden style, and how essential it is to serve as a barrier to rabbits and other small animals, or for privacy.
5 PLANT MATERIALS: Create a plan that involves rotating crops each year to build the soil and enhance the nutrients that the plants receive. Each spring and fall, build the soil with compost and other amendments. Select plant varieties that you cannot buy at the market, with exceptional flavor and color.
6 ADD PERSONAL TOUCHES: Include benches for relaxing, tables for eating, a trellis for arbors and garden art that makes you smile. Remember to have fun in your garden and enjoy the beauty and the magic that happens when you connect with the food you grow and your edible landscape.