Sunday, February 22, 2009

Working on Garden Layout

Now for the funnest part: planning the garden layout and where to put all these plants I want to grow! Behold my subpar photoshop abilties! Voila!

I measured it out and the actual 'flat' squareish area is 25 ft x 25 ft. I drew that out on graph paper, and made beds 3 feet wide and path ways 2 feet wide. ( Last years walkways were 18 inches and it was a tight squeeze in some places). That gives me 5 beds that are 3ft x 25ft and are further subdivided for different veggies.

Now I have to figure what do I want to plant near each other and what should not be planted near each other. I just don't want one's vegetable pest to wreck havoc on another if I can somehow minimize it my mixing plants and scents, as well as companion planting garlic, marigolds, leeks, and basil thruout as needed.

anyone have a good website with companion planting info?


ChristyACB said...

I just got the book, Carrots Love Tomatoes, and while I was a bit disappointed in the level of content, it did give some pretty comprehensive listings for what goes well together and what doesn't.

If you want to give me an idea of what you'll be planting, I can make you out the "anti" and "Pro" list from her guide.

How much dirt are you going to need to get that piece level? Are you going to hand shovel or have a dozer brought in! I just leveled a small area, about 12 x 13, by hand and it took forever with a shovel and garden cart and 6 yards of dirt. The slope was 0 to 10 inches.

MikeTheGardenCoach said...

Hi, Cindy.
I have a companion planting link buried in one of the hundreds of links I have saved in a number of places - I'll see if I can find it for you.
In the meantime, Renee's Garden has info on beneficials on this page:

Sinfonian said...

There are some decent sites for companion planting. Have fun with them. I know you sure did with MS Paint or whatever you used. Great looking design.

As for terracing, it's much easier to dig out to level then to build up. There's no way you're going to get the build-up to not errode away. Of course I'm just guessing here.

Good luck, looking good!