Hummingbird House The Garden Helper
No-dash-here, you've found The Real Garden Helper! Gardening on the Web since 1997
vine bar
Wild Willy
 

Garden Planning...

Gardening Reference » Gardening in 2006
by LandOfOz on November 18, 2006 01:48 AM
Since not everyone visits the plants and flowers forum, I thought I'd post a link to the thread that I started over there. I'm just wondering what methods/programs everyone uses for planning their gardens? What, if anything, have you found that doesn't work or you wouldn't recommend.
Garden Planning

Thanks!
Sarah

* * * *
 -
Sarah - Zone 5b/6
 -
by cookinmom on November 18, 2006 02:07 AM
Sarah,
Thanks for putting this link in the Fruit/Veggie section. I am one who wouldn't have seen it otherwise, but now I'll keep an eye on it.

* * * *
 -
Real women don't have hot flashes -- we have power surges!
by comfrey on November 18, 2006 05:15 AM
For veggie gardens....I use the graph paper method and that works really well, after I figure space and plants I hang it on the wall, so I can refer back to it as needed...Last years is still hanging on the wall and will be replaced soon with 2007 growing chart for my veggie garden. I usually tape several sheets of graph paper together so each square represents 1 square foot to make it easy, so far it has been fail proof...and I have been doing it this way for years. Once in awhile I do end up with some space left over in the garden my garden is 50'x50'...but is not exactly square if you use the fence around it you end up with alittle more space then you chart for, but that is never a problem, I can always find something to add in that space.

* * * *
 -
 -
by Deborah L. on November 18, 2006 05:34 AM
That sounds good, Comfrey. I'm only a container gardener who is dreaming of a real garden.
I'm curious as to how many plants, such as a tomato, go in the one square foot of ground?
Like, do you plant one per foot, or 2 if it's a small plant such as a pepper, or what?

* * * *
 -
 -
by MrClint on November 18, 2006 09:00 AM
My garden planning has morphed a bit over time. For the most part, I follow the squarefoot gardening guidelines and spacings. As a rule of thumb, that's a really good starting point for small plot planning. The trick for us year round gardeners though is with succession planning. Having a bunch of space going bare can be a huge disappointment.

With limited space it's a good idea to always have something waiting in the wings. And with SQFG another thing to consider is "tweeners." These are things that you can "shoehorn" in to fill up any gaps or shady places. Lettuce, garlic, bunching onions and small carrots such as "short 'n sweet" make for great tweeners.

A good plan for small plot gardens also includes crops that can do double or triple duty. For example, beet tops can serve as salad greens as they mature, and eventually will be harvested for their roots. Nasturtiums are attractive flowers that are also very good in salads, as are the leaves.

Plant what you like, plant something new, experiment, and have fun. [Smile]

* * * *
According to my calculations, the problem doesn't exist.
by comfrey on November 18, 2006 11:31 AM
quote:
Originally posted by Deborah L.:
That sounds good, Comfrey. I'm only a container gardener who is dreaming of a real garden.
I'm curious as to how many plants, such as a tomato, go in the one square foot of ground?
Like, do you plant one per foot, or 2 if it's a small plant such as a pepper, or what?

The tomato Plants I grow require alot of space..each plant is given 2 square feet growing area and I allow 1-2' between the plants, that way I have room for cages/stakes and room to be able to pick and work with my plants alittle better, Now for peppers, I probable crowd them alittle, but I space the plants 1' apart, and yes I do measure when I set my plants out...I have a wooden fold up type measurer thing, one of hubby's throw aways, part of it is broke off, but there is still enough to work perfect for my needs, and it fits nicely into my garden bucket that has my hand tools, hose nozzles, garden ties, hammer, scissors & a regular roll up tape measure, string & who knows what else might be in the bottom. Now for okra...I thin it out to about 6-8" between plants, the more space you give each plant the larger the plant will be and the more productive it will be also, so crowding somethings is not a good thing, and other things can still be very productive crowded up.

* * * *
 -
 -
by Deborah L. on November 18, 2006 12:59 PM
Thanks.
What plants can be crowded up and still be very productive?

* * * *
 -
 -
by glenda on November 18, 2006 10:24 PM
Hi Deborah,
I grow salad, lettuce, spring onions, radish, beets,tomaoes, and carrots. they all grow well in small spaces. [wavey] [wavey]

* * * *
 -

Active Garden Forum

Other articles you might like: