Find an ideal spot in your yard with enough room for a garden. An ideal plot is at least 30 square feet. Measure the space with a tape measure to be sure there's room. If you're pressed for space, you can grow plants in a plot as small as 20 square feet. For smaller plots, you will have to choose compact varieties of vegetables, such as squash, tomatoes and cucumbers.
Avoid putting your garden near driveways or other areas where factors out of your control can lead to damage and an affected crop.
Make sure the location of the garden will provide optimal opportunity for the garden to thrive as well as be appreciated. Take the amount of sun and shade in your yard into consideration. Some plants require full days of sun in order to thrive. Others require more shade. Avoid planting near trees or shrubs, as their roots will compete with your garden plants' roots for water and sustenance. Also, be aware of the drainage in the area. Soil that is too wet can kill your seedlings.