The vegetable plot should be sited where:• It receives maximum sunlight - around 6-8 hours a day. Tomatoes, melons, cucumbers, aubergines need the most sun. Root crops, such as carrots and beets, need from six to eight hours of sunlight every day. Leaf vegetables, such as lettuce and spinach, need around six hours of sunlight a day.• It has good, well drained soil.• It is relatively free from weeds and other competing plants.• It has access to a suitable supply of water.• It is sheltered from any prevailing winds.The size of the vegetable plot will depend to a large extent on how much space you have available, and whether you are growing for your own use or as a commercial enterprise. As a general guide an area of 80 100 sq. metres can provide a family of four with an adequate yearly supply of fresh vegetables if you grow two or more crops in most parts of the plot each year.
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