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Greetings from Alton, IL

Post  mwalker0305 on 4/29/2013, 6:43 pm

Hello internet world! I made a somewhat rash decision to start a garden for the very first time and now I am finding myself scrambling to get as much information as possible as well as get some seeds/plants in the ground before it gets too late. Currently my most worrisome issue is this: I built a raised bed garden that is 10 feet long by 6 feet wide. Everything that I have read says you should not go over 4 feet...when I plan out my squares should I plan on leaving 2 middle rows empty or can I still utilize the space if I fashion some sort of ramp/access point to get to the middle of the garden? As an empty box at the moment it doesn't look like I would have issues accessing the entire garden but I imagine once everything starts growing in that may be an issue. If I did leave the middle two rows open, could I plant something like marigolds or some other flower that would add to the visual appeal of the garden? What to do? What to do? I want to utilize as much growing space as possible but I don't want to set myself of for failure this first go round! Thank you in advance for any advice!


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Post  plantoid on 4/29/2013, 7:02 pm

Welcome to the site .
Glad you have been doing a bit of reading as it all helps when you get to setting things up .

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The big bed

Perhaps make a four foot wide pathway right through the ten foot long side to give two beds three foot wide by six foot long.
Use the material out the middle section to fill a new bed .

Come harvesting or wet weather that four foot wide path way idea won't look or feel so silly.


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Post  mschaef on 4/29/2013, 7:23 pm

I like that idea of having the path but you also mention wanting to utilize all the space that you have. I personally would put carrots, garlic, onions, or any other root crops in to grow. That way when its time to harvest everything in the fall you will have lots of root crops.


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