Throughout the growing season, you will need access to each plant (for seeding, thinning, weeding, watering, managing pests and harvesting), and paths help keep everything within easy reach.
Traditionally, a path leads up the centre of the plot, with the vegetable rows arranged at right angles to it. Conventional wisdom has it that rows should run on a north-south axis so plants receive equal amounts of sunlight from both sides, but if this is impractical, don't hesitate to run them in a more suitable direction. Remember to place tall crops (e.g., corn, peas, pole beans and tomatoes) at the north end of the patch so they don't shade low-growing plants.
5. Unwelcome visitors
Regardless of where you live, there's likely to be some local wildlife that's every bit as enthusiastic about your plot's bounty as you are. Depending on the kinds of marauders in your neighbourhood, you may need to install a physical barrier, such as fencing or netting.
These vegetables tolerate low temperatures and can be sown outdoors in early spring. (Those marked with an asterisk can also be planted in summer for fall harvest.)
- Brussels sprouts