Growing your own produce is a great way of helping to create a local and sustainable community. Produce gardens provide you with the very freshest, seasonally appropriate and naturally-ripened food without any of the environmental consequences of supermarket food miles, packaging and transporting.
Home grown produce also uses less water, energy and chemicals.
Identify your garden's sunny and shady spots – these can differ in summer and winter. Produce performs best in full-sun areas, so take note of deciduous trees in your and neighbouring gardens. Sheltered areas and wind tunnels are also worth noting, along with patches of good draining or water logged areas. All these elements will help you to decide what to plant where in your garden. Ideally your soil should also be in a pH range of 6.0–7.5, where most plant nutrients are readily available.