Whether you're planning on planting in containers, a raised bed or an open field, David says you'll need the optimum amount of sun exposure suited to your particular plants. David says vegetables, fruit and most herbs need full sun or a minimum of six hours of sun every day. Flowers are more adaptable, and you can select species for either sun or shade. Also, you may want to consider how you will water your garden and pick a site near a water spigot for convenience, David says.
Charlie suggests placing your garden near a walkway or door where you'll see it every day. "The problem people have, especially new gardeners, is they put the garden out of the way and they forget about it," he says. By July, the garden is overgrown with weeds, may have pest problems and can be overwhelming. Charlie's advice to beginners: Keep your garden close to your house, and keep it small.