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Help with first garden plan please!

Post  castoral on Fri 26 Mar 2010 - 6:22

This will be my first year doing a square foot garden. My husband built the boxes this week from leftover composite decking we had. We started a compost late last summer, so that is ready for making Mel's Mix this weekend with the peat moss and vermiculite I got. All ready to start seeds this weekend (I know, I'm a little late on this for zone 5b). Now I just want to double check on my garden plan. I've been doing a lot of reading about succession planting and companion planting, so hopefully I incorporated that well. Bed will run north/south and get full sun.

First 4'x4' box:
1st 9x9 squares will be 2 summer squash plants in the middle with carrots and lettuce as the border around it - that way the carrots and lettuce can be harvested just as the squash plant takes over their space
Top right - garlic
2nd row, all the way to the right - more carrots
3rd row, all the way to right - eggplant (staked)
Bottom row (left to right) - pole beans, pole beans, bush beans, eggplant (there will be a trellis here on the north end of the bed)
*eggplant squares will be bordered with marigolds

Second 4'x4' bed:
1st row (left to right) - strawberries, strawberries (bordered with thyme), lettuce, lettuce
2nd row (L to R) - strawberries, strawberries, spinach, spinach
3rd row (L to R) - peas (bordered with marigolds), peas, cucumber, cucumber (bordered with dill)
TRELLIS RUNNING BETWEEN THIRD AND FOURTH ROWS
4th row (L to R) - peas (border = marigold), peas, cucumber, cucumber (border = dill)

Last box 3'x6'long:
1st row and second row (L to R) - broccoli (two squares checkboard), cabbage (two quares checkboard), cauliflower (two sqaures checkboard) - east side by broccoli is bordered by dill, west side by cauliflower is bordered by rosemary, and the south border by broccoli/cabbage/cauliflower is oregano
3rd row (L to R) - sweet onion, yellow onion, brussle sprouts, brussel sprouts, red onion, and garlic

Potatoes - I picked a few "bulbs" up at Lowes...decided I'd try them in an old plastic trash can we have lying around

Strawberries - also thought I'd try these in a bucket hanging by our deck...see which ones do the best.

Watermelon and pumpkin - going to try to grow along the back of our house. For some reason, things grow like crazy there without touching them (threw in some dying tomatoe plants and herbs there and they turned right around and flourished - who knows) - set up trellis along the brick and see what happens.

Zuchinni - our neighbors grow enough that I don't want to take up a 9 sq ft section in our garden, but I did buy the seeds. Figured I'd plant them in two large galvanized tubs we have or two large plastic tubs we have (probably 25-30 gallons in size) and set up a trellis for them on the side of the barn. They'll be on the east side of it. If it works fine, if not, no biggie.
My only two things I have left to find a spot for are the basil and cilantro (even though I know it probably won't grow well). I also need to figure out what spots will need to be planted twice (like lettuce), but as long as I can, I plan to plant the same crop again.

Finally worked out the "succession" planting part of the plan as well. From what I've read, looks like the early crops will include the lettuces (I have 3 or 4 different kinds), spinach, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower and possibly the onions?

In the lettuce spots, I plan to replant lettuce again. In place of the cabbage, I plan to do kale (intersting to try something new), and the onions will be replaced with radish and collards. If the broccoli and cauliflower are indeed early harvested plants too (need to double check the seed packets), I'll be replanting those as well.

So, any CC?

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Re: Help with first garden plan please!

Post  martha on Fri 26 Mar 2010 - 8:35

Hello, Castoral!

What is CC? Comments/criticism?

I'll have to take more time to re-read your post. At the moment my reaction is - - this person said he or she is new???? Will you help me with my garden layout?

Welcome aboard - Martha

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Re: Help with first garden plan please!

Post  boffer on Fri 26 Mar 2010 - 8:57

@martha wrote:Hello, Castoral!

I'll have to take more time to re-read your post. At the moment my reaction is - - this person said he or she is new???? Will you help me with my garden layout?


I keep notes on plant markers and seed packets. Castoral's level of organization is waaay beyond my level of comprehension!

Welcome aboard, Castoral, thanks for the good post.

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Re: Help with first garden plan please!

Post  castoral on Fri 26 Mar 2010 - 9:00

Haha! You guys are cracking me up! I'm an organization freak by nature....I work full time, help with my hudband's demanding lawn and landscaping company, and have two kids under 2....I HAVE to be organized! I'm also ADD! Doesn't help!

Anyway, yes, CC means constructive criticism, haha!

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