It’s that time of year when I’m getting our raised bed garden ready. I’m so excited this year to try this again. Last year, I would say the garden did a little under fair. This year, I’ve done a lot more research, bought some already started plants and am really hoping this works better. Not only have I changed up how I have the plants laid out, like I said earlier, I bought some plants that have already been started. The plants the I bought are the same kinds of plants that didn’t work well with the seeds I started last year myself, so, I’m crossing my fingers everything goes better with these.
I really didn’t fill our garden last year to capacity thinking I didn’t want to overcrowd the plants but the more I’ve been checking things out on-line the more I’ve come to realize a lot of plants can go into a one-square foot patch of dirt.
With that in mind I asked my husband if he could grid the garden for me. Our bed isn’t quite square, so on the ends I have about 3″ more than the rest of the squares, and that makes the four corners about 3″ x 1.5″ larger; which is okay since I can plant a little bit more in those areas. It gives me more room for the tomatoes & green beans I planted on each end.
After a lot of research I came up with this plan. I had a general idea of what plants I wanted to try to grow and I started researching the best way to grow them. I learned about all kinds of things regarding ‘Companion Gardening’. Like I shouldn’t plant garlic near green beans or peas, but they grow good with tomatoes. Pretty cool, huh? I also learned that fragrant marigold’s deter bugs, and keep them away from plants like strawberries and lettuce. I also learned how many of each type of seeds to plant per square foot. There was definitely a method to my organizational madness here. I really, really, want this to work!!
Yea, It’s all done. It looks so nice, due to a big part in my husband helping me. It was great team work. I also have some Rosemary and more Jalapeno planted in the large planters on the deck. I discovered last year the Rosemary did really well there and hopefully the squirrels or bunnies won’t like the Jalapeno as much as they liked the Strawberries that were there last year.