planning a garden

Planning a Garden part 2

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about planning a garden. This is the second part of that series. If you haven’t seen that post, take a look here. I also wrote a post last year about things to consider as you plan your garden. You can see that here.

Planning a Garden Week Two

I built the raised beds and filled them with soil. Earlier this week, I got my seedlings started. There is a post about starting seeds last year so I won’t repeat myself here. You can read that post here.

The bed building project isn’t 100% complete yet. I still need to finish the cross bars for vertical support. The plants won’t be going in the garden until Mid-April though so there is plenty of time to get to that.

Before then I will need to build the watering system. There is an article I wrote about that the system I use and how to make it here.

Planning a Garden
Raised Beds

The two long beds are situated East West. The one in the back, on the North side, will contain the vertical growing plants.  In this bed will be the San Marzano tomatoes, the beef steak tomatoes, cucumber, and a summer squash (Calabacita). I have not grown this plant before, but love the squash it will produce. Unlike regular zucchini, this plant can be grown vertically.

In the Southern row, I will plant bush beans, eggplant, zucchini, and crookneck squash. In the square bed, I’ll plant my sweet potatoes.

These beds get full sun most of the day. The above photo was taken around 4:00 in the afternoon and you can see a shadow working its way across the beds. This won’t be a problem with the summer sun.   I expect to harvest about 400 pounds from this garden. It cost $120 in materials and three hours of my time to build it.

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