Delimiting your vegetable garden: how to achieve a separation?

Organizing your vegetable garden is an important step, which should be considered in advance. Useful and/or decorative, the delimitation of your vegetable garden can take many forms. Why and how to delimit? A few answers.

  Delimiting your vegetable garden: how to achieve a separation?

Using wooden planks or pallets, stone or plants, here are all our clever ideas for creating well-thought-out borders and thus delineating your vegetable garden as it should.

Why mark out your vegetable garden?

Delimiting your vegetable garden is useful in many ways: organize space, limit soil erosion or weed invasion are some examples. Organizing your vegetable garden consists in designing the form it will take in advance, by imagining for example the different cultivation spaces and the aisles to move there. In this regard, plan more or less wide aisles depending on the tools you plan to use, the wheelbarrow for example... In addition to organizing separate spaces, the delimitation of the vegetable garden with borders helps to retain the soil and thus limit soil erosion. She also has a practical aspect insofar as the borders can be used as a support for fixing crop beds. In some cases, they can also limit the invasion of unwanted plants. Finally, the borders constitute a decor element important.

How to demarcate a vegetable garden?

To delimit a vegetable garden, the best thing to do is undoubtedly to make a plan . This will first allow you to know if you have enough room to plant all the vegetables you want to grow, while taking into account the space you will need to move around. Then, it will allow you to put on paper the locations you want to grant to each vegetable, taking into account possible associations of plants as well as the crop rotation .

Which border to choose for a vegetable garden?

Once your vegetable garden has been theoretically delimited on the plan, it is time to delimit the spaces concretely on the ground, by installing borders. For this, the possibilities are certainly at least as numerous as there are gardeners.

Indeed, you can for example opt for stone curbs . Granite, slate or sandstone are appreciated for their aesthetic and warm side. In practice, the stones are also very practical, even necessary, when it is necessary to retain the land of a sloping ground. The main disadvantage of this type of edging is certainly the price.

No less elegant, the trellis can also be used as borders in the vegetable garden. Like stone, it is not only useful but also very decorative. It can indeed serve both as tutor and offering the gardener the freedom to create artistic designs. hazel, rattan, bamboos or wicker, chestnut or willow branches, you are spoiled for choice as to the raw material. And this solution is very often economical.

The wooden planks , which is often encountered in vegetable gardens , are also a very good, effective and economical way to delimit spaces. Their simple geometric shape makes them very easy to install. This is the option that is mostly chosen in the case of miniature vegetable gardens, on balconies or terraces for example. But wood rots very quickly with moisture. Choose rot-proof species such as Douglas or acacia. Adding a treatment to these woods will only extend the life of your boards.

It is also possible to mark the delimitation between different areas of your vegetable garden using plant borders . Very decorative, they nevertheless require a little maintenance; size and watering . For example, lavender, barberry or aromatic plants such as thyme, chives or hyssop are well suited for this type of use.