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Vegetable Garden: The Plan

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Just so you know, I started this post on Sunday and 9:30 on Wednesday night was the first spare moment I had to finish it.

This week might be the death of me.

In other news, the garden is coming together y’all.

I’ve wanted to start a vegetable garden for years, but we never had a yard of our own to dig up before.

My dear friend Jordan and her husband Michael sparked my interest when they visited recently. They’re becoming quite the gardeners, and I hope I have half as much success as they have had. I spent a few weeks researching and decided that a raised square foot garden was the way to go. Square foot gardens are small but intensively planted gardens. They’re relatively easy to maintain, and don’t take up a lot of space. Since all the plants are so close together, you have to be very careful what you plant next to each other. Some plants are more dominant than others and would overtake the next square if planted in the wrong space. There are many other factors to consider, like planting the taller plants to the north so the shade they create doesn’t interfere with the shorter plants.

I’ve found several good online resources, but my favorite is My Square Foot Garden. Using a combination of the Farmer’s Almanac and several other websites, I determined that our last frost date should be around April 15. Once you figure out your frost date, you can plan what to plant and when around that date. Emily of My Square Foot Garden has several great tutorials, including how to create a garden plan. Here’s mine:

 

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Week 0 is the week of April 15 which puts this week at -5, or five weeks out from the frost date. I’ll plant the vegetables in order according to the chart from now until the end of April.

My garden is two 3.5 feet square beds that are connected together. Each of the beds is divided into nine 14 inch squares, 18 in total. So as of right now, the plan includes: Buttercrunch Lettuce, Garlic, Zucchini, Summer Squash, Green Bean, Red Lettuce, Spinach, Roma Tomato, Cherry/Grape Tomato, Bell Pepper, (some kind of) Hot Pepper, Banana Pepper, Basil, Cilantro, Italian Parsley, Sweet Texas Onions, Broccoli AND Jalepenos!

Come June, we’re either going to be up to our ears in produce, or scratching our heads and throwing in the towel. It’s a crap shoot really. A really fun, intensive and tedious crap shoot.

I actually built the beds over the weekend and planted my first veggies tonight! Check back tomorrow for photos of the garden so far. If you follow me on Twitter, you did get a sneak peek on Sunday.

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  • Alex March 17, 2011, 6:34 am

    Oh my gosh!! How awesomely exciting!! And it’s perfect….by the time we buy a house, you will have years to perfect your garden and then you can pass down all your knowledge to me :) Seriously can’t wait until June…imagine all the amazing pico de gallo and homemade tomato sauce you can make! Eek!

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