The first part of creating a garden is selecting a spot. If you aren’t gifted with having a choice then you have to just do with what you got. Lawns that have little space limits the garden to being boxed or non-existent. If a box garden is all you can get; it’s better than nothing.
Lets for instance say that you have the luxury of choice. What should you choose? What you should look at is the sun, which is a very important factor for a garden. The north corner is strictly off limits at this point, unless there is absolutely no where else to turn. Plants such as ferns do just fine in the north corner, but flowers like begonias wouldn’t be a proper place for it.
If your garden faces southeast, the western sun is out of the equation. To get the best absorption from the sun, you should line the rows of your vegetation from north to south. Here, they can get sun all day long. Be sure that you don’t have any lopsided plants in this arrangement.
You should aim for getting the amount of sunlight distributed equally amongst the plants, and for the longest time possible. You have seen the effect on lopsided growing plants that sit in the window of a home, due to the lack of sunlight distribution. You don’t want to grow crooked plants. When you have the plant rows running north to south, they plants are getting sun from the east in the morning and sun in the afternoon on the west side. This is very essential for the production of your vegetation. Northern and Southern exposures only give light for half the amount of time a plant needs, no matter how carefully you plan this out, this will always be the result. You should plan your garden on paper before hand. It will help out a lot when you get to the part of planting them.
To find more garden spots, you would have to sift through your lawn removing the turf or rubbish lying on it. Gardens with plenty of land are plowed through and sods are turned under. With small gardens, sods should be removed completely. How? You should stake and line off the garden spot; the lines give you a straight course to follow. If the garden is say, 18′ by 4′, which should be easy, you can mark it off like a checkerboard. The sods cut through with the spade, so this could be done in two long strips. Afterward, roll it up like a garden. Remember that the most important part of gardening is picking the right spot. It is essential that all your plants get the same amount of sunlight for the longest periods of time. Run the rows north to south, you can’t go wrong with this.