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My "new" garden

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    Default My "new" garden

    We fenced off a small section of our yard that is on the north side of the house and decided to turn it into a small vegetable garden.

    We have a dwarf cherry tree in the middle, and a grape vine along the fence.
    And then there are a few vegetable beds set up.


    A view from the other side.
    The farthest bed with the small trellis will be for cucumbers.
    The middle bed has a mix of parsely and more lettuce.
    The closest bed, I forgot what I planted. But they seem to be growing well lol.
    Further back, along the fence are all ornamentals.
    The spiky plants at the back are pineapples.




    Assorted lettuce varieties growing on the north bed.

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    This is great! I wish I had the space for something like that.... =)

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    I've ben reading a book called Square Foot Gardening (Rodale press). It advocates laying out 4 foot by 4 foot beds, each bed containing 16 "plots" of one square foot each. You determine what vegetables you want to raise and in what quantity you will need them (Only ONE zuchini vine, etc.). Say you want to grow carrots. Do you want them all to ripen at one time for a single harvest or do you want to harvest a dozen carrots or so and two weeks later another dozen carrots. spacing your carrot seeds 3 inches apart through one square foot will give you 16 carrots (if all the seeds germinate). Two weeks after you plant the first square foot of carrots. plant another one for 16 carrots to harvest two weeks after the first. Bush Beans? Space them one seed every 4 inches, or 9 plaants in a square foot. Want a lot of bush beans? Pant 2 or 4 squares. Shllots and green onion can be spaced every two inches for 36 per square foot. Broccoli, cauliflower or corn would be planted one seed per square foot. The author suggests vining crops like squash, cucumbers and tomatos be grown along the north edge of your garden bed on trellisses, fences or vertical framing. I am going to plant 5 tomato plants in one 4 foot by 4 foot bed in an x pattern, one plant in each corner and one in the center. While the tomatos are small, I will interplant lettuces around them. When the tomatos get large in the summer, the lettuce will have bolted in the heat and be pulled out. Kind of interesting. More yield in less space wit (supposedly) less work.

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    That garden looks really nice, John. And Cindi, that sound like a cool plan. I hope you will share photos too. I have not had time to think about a garden, but I know I want to plant some tomatoes and peppers in containers this year.

    Cheers,
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    I thought about planting a new batch of seeds every 2 weeks. So that I have a 2-week staggered harvest.
    But I wanted to see how this garden works out first. So that I dont end up sending seeds to their doom every 2 weeks

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    Gonna try the square foot idea John?
    Bruce, peppers and tomatoes will need 5 gallon buckets to grow in.

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    that's a good garden, i've heard of this square foot gardening before but haven't really
    given it a try.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cindiras View Post
    Gonna try the square foot idea John?
    Bruce, peppers and tomatoes will need 5 gallon buckets to grow in.
    I use those really large plastic pots designed for trees. We have a few of them that we got when we planted our pear trees and plum trees. They work great because they have good drainage.

    Cheers,
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    I grow hot peppers in containers, they are doing very well. Since we didn't have any hard freeze this winter, all my pepper plants survived, which means I will have peppers in about month or so.

    I also grow tomatoes because they taste better. My favorite soup for summer is tomato eggdrop, the store bought tomato is simply not "good" enough to make the soup.

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    Lizzie! We need the recipe!

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