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Horticulture 1000
HT1021 - Practical skills - Choosing a site
Seasons Size of a vegetable plot

Choosing a site

Things to think about when  choosing a suitable place for a garden plot include the growing conditions  required by plants, ideal plot size, direction the plot is facing and shelter  from wind.

The main  requirements for plant growth

Growing conditions required by plants

You can find out the growing  conditions for plants from books, plant labels, the back of seed packets and  the Internet.

Here is the information from the  back of a broad bean seed packet:

Information from the  back of a broad bean seed packet

Broad Beans ‘Evergreen’

Vicia faba

This tender and succulent, green seeded variety produces small, mild flavoured beans that are suitable for fresh use or freezing.  Excellent crop for spring harvest.


Full sun.


Directly into well drained soil previously prepared with Yates Thrive All Purpose Fertiliser.  For extended harvest sow every 5 – 6 weeks during season.  Working in Yates Hauraki Peat before sowing will improve drainage.


Plants will need support - stretch lengths of twine down each side of row and attach to 1 metre stakes at 20cm intervals.  Control Rust and Chocolate Spot with Yates Bravo.  Early plantings may suffer flower-drop, this will decrease as temperatures warm.  Protect from snails with Yates Blitzem.

According to this information  broad beans prefer the following environmental conditions:

  • nutrient  rich (fertiliser may be needed) well-drained soil
  • sow  in autumn to winter depending on the area of New Zealand
  • full  sun
  • they  need to be staked, so shelter would be a good idea.

Here is the information from the  back of a watermelon seed packet:

Information from the  back of a watermelon seed packet

Watermelon ‘Country Sweet’

Great to grow, a treat to eat.  This high yielding, disease tolerant fruit is favoured for its vivid red, sweet, juicy flesh.


Full sun.


For early sowing, raise in pots of Yates Seed Raising Mix.  Transplant after 3–4 weeks.  For sowing direct, plant 3–4 seeds in mounds, later thinning to the two strongest plants.


Plant in a sunny, well-drained position.  Requires plenty of growing space.  Add Thrive Granular All Purpose Fertiliser for best results.  Water regularly.  Harvest when underside in contact with soil turns yellow and the fruit gives a dull, hollow sound when tapped.  Protect from snails with Yates Blitzem.

Complete Activity 4A in your workbook

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Seasons Size of a vegetable plot