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The Planning Stages

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Yesterday I finally finished up my garden plot plans. I say finally, though in reality I'm probably months ahead of where I would need to be. Seed catalogues won't come out until late this year or the beginning of next, and I won't begin growing many things until March of next year. But... I was just too excited, and I had the time to sit down and plan things out.

My plot is 200 inches to a side, with two 20 inch wide paths dividing it into four equal sections. The sections, then, are 90 inches to a side square. They really aren't that large, and yet, they might be too large. In designing the actual layout of the garden, I wanted to maximize the growing space within the space alotted to be garden. This is what I ended up with. I say they might be too large because reaching the middle is going to be difficult without stepping on the bed and compacting some of the soil. We will see. In any event, here's the list of what I'll be trying to grow in each plot.

  1. Plot 1
    • Asparagus
    • Basil
    • Nasturtium
    • Parsley
    • Tomatillos
    • Tomato
    • Broccoli
    • Chives
    • Carrots
  2. Plot 2
    • Garlic
    • Leaf Lettuce
    • Romaine Lettuce
    • Spinach
    • Peas (on a trellis)
    • Onion
    • Peppers
    • Celery
  3. Plot 3
    • Cucumbers (on trellis)
    • Beans (on trellis)
    • Summer Squash
    • Swiss Chard
    • Dill
    • Cabbage
    • Cilantro
    • Mesclun seed mix
  4. Plot 4
    • Bush Beans
    • Potatoes
    • Oregano
    • Melons
    • Marigolds
    • Strawberries
    • Sage


You can see that even with my "small" plots, it's not hard to fit quite a few plants into them. I think i've got a decent variety of plants that will hopefully provide a nice crop for myself come next summer. I'm really excited, but i have to keep reminding myself to keep my hopes down a bit, because my first year i'm likely to mess up, lose some plants, or not have the best harvest.

The selection for each plot was designed using information about which plants grow well in proximity to other plants. For example, it's apparently imperative to keep the melons and cucumbers separated, as the melons will turn bitter if they are cross-pollinated with the cucumbers. So... I did my best. Unfortunately, the plants can only possibly be so far from one another, so... like i said, maybe some disappointments in my future, but i think i can take it.

Today i will be sowing my cover crop. Now that I have a plan of attack for the spring, I can figure out where not to sow the cover crop. This is where plants will be that do not do well when preceeded by a legume (clover is in my cover crop mix, and is a legume). There aren't that many that don't do well, but there are some.

The real trick is going to be next year, when I try to come up with a rotation that keeps antagonistic plants apart, and yet still rotates everything out of it's spot from this year. We will see...

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  1. AquaFizz's Avatar
    Wow, Arch! That sounds like a lot of work...It will certainly make you hungry for all that food you're planning! Good Luck!
  2. Eyreplenh's Avatar
    Ambitious variety Sir... I must admit, if it were me I'd do potatoes in half and then give carrots and strawberries a quarter each, hehe -this might be just a tad influenced by the climate I live in and what's doable here though

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