Garden Plan 2017

Due to an interesting series of events, we (my family and I) find ourselves living at my in-laws house due to a late starting home remodel project. Long story short, between zoning ordinances and building codes, my garden, for this year at least, was sacrificed in the name of a new A/C unit and whole house generator. 

That being said, I'd be remiss if I didn't mention that my mother-in-law has also read my books. Ever since then, she has been itching to have me build a large "English" style garden for the extended family. I did a little research, but remembered that my cousin had posted this on Facebook so I took a screenshot and showed it to her.

Needless to say she loved it so this is basically what I'll be building (not with pressure treated though... not really sure what they were thinking. At least, it looks like pressure treated lumber to me). I'll be making one major modification though. Instead of two beds that appear to be 3' x 16', I'll be building 6 beds that measure 4' x 6'. That's 144 sq. ft. of space instead of the approximate 96 sq. ft. pictured above. My original garden (the one that was sacrificed), measured 20' x 4' (80 sq. ft.) so this is going to be just shy of double in size. If you include my planters and what-not, I'd safely round that up to 100 sq. ft.

In that 80-100 sq. ft. space, I had:

  • Basil
  • Beans
  • Butternut Squash
  • Cantaloupe
  • Chives
  • Corn
  • Cucumbers (2 varieties)
  • Dill
  • Garlic (2 varieties)
  • Green Peppers
  • Lavender
  • Oregano
  • Potatoes (2 varieties)
  • Rosemary
  • Sage
  • Tomatoes (3 varieties)
  • Watermelon
  • Zucchini

Using the "English" garden as a bit of inspiration, I drew up the following:

Garden Plan 2017.JPG

UPDATE: 03/20/2017

After a brief conversation with some co-workers, plus confirmation from the mother-in-law, several modifications regarding what we are growing have been implemented to the plan.

Going left to right and top to bottom, the following changes were implemented:

Bed #2: The peppers previously slated for the back right box with the Sweet Corn are being moved to several pots that will have less than optimum soil.

Bed #3/#4: The sizes of the beds have been reduced to 4' x 4' instead of 4' x 6' in order to make room for a planter of potatoes that measures 2.5' x 4'.

Bed #5: In the front left bed, we now have:

  • One row of Nantes Carrots
  • One row of Radish
  • One row of Finger Carrots
  • One row of yellow onions (Spanish)
  • Two rows of Asparagus

All told, we will be planting:

Bed #1:

  • 2 Beefsteak Tomatoes
  • 2 Roma Tomatoes
  • 2 Cherry Tomatoes

Bed #2

  • 18 Sweet Corn

Bed #3

  • 2 Zucchini
  • 1 Watermelon
  • 1 Butternut Squash
  • 2 Eggplant

Bed #4

  • 6-8 Pole Beans
  • 4-6 Cucumbers

Bed #5

  • ~24 Radish
  • ~24 Nantes Carrots
  • ~24 Finger Carrots
  • 6-8 Spanish Onions (yellow)
  • 12 Asparagus

Bed #6

  • Sage
  • Parsley
  • Dill
  • Thyme
  • Oregano
  • 3 Basil
  • Chives (Green Onions)
  • Cilantro

In between all of the raised beds will be an 18" wide path filled with rock. The rock actually aids in keeping the plants warm over night as it will absorb the sun's heat throughout the day and release it after dark. In a small way, this helps extended the growing season. Not by much mind you... couple of days, maybe a week at best, but every little bit helps.