Planning the Garden

A garden plan will save time, space and money. Yields will be increased, as will the length of the harvest season.

Begin by making a scale drawing of your available garden area on graph paper. Divide the drawing into cool-season and warm-season vegetable planting areas.

Cool-season vegetables are those such as onions, cabbage, radishes and English peas. They require cool weather to grow and mature properly and can withstand some frost. Cool-season vegetables are planted in the early spring and again in the fall. Warm-season vegetables require warm weather to grow properly and are planted after the soil has warmed up. Frost will kill warm-season vegetables. Examples of warm-season vegetables include okra, sweet potatoes, cucumbers and tomatoes.

The cool-season section of the garden will be planted early and harvested in time to be replanted. Alternate the cool and warm-season areas of the garden each year to reduce plant pest problems.

Decide which vegetables to grow and the amount of each vegetable you want. Use tables 1-3 (pages 7 through 9) to estimate the row lengths required to obtain the desired amounts. Sketch and label the rows of each vegetable on your plan to scale, using the row spacings suggested in tables 1-3. Be sure to arrange the rows so tall vegetables won't shade shorter ones. Make a note of the planting dates, varieties and amount of seeds required on your plan so a periodic glance will show what needs to be done.

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48"

60"

36"

36" 48"

36" 36"

36" 36"

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Figure 1.

A sample garden plan

1 packet Clemson Spineless okra planted in May

1/4 pound Silver Queen sweet corn planted in 3 half rows in late April

1/4 pound Silver Queen sweet corn planted in 3 half rows in late May

11 Better Boy tomatoes transplanted in April - staked

11 Better Boy tomatoes set from suckers in June-staked

1 packet Butter Bar summer squash planted in May

1 packet Liberty Hybrid cucumber planted in May

10 Black Beauty eggplant transplanted in May

6 California Wonder and 6 Hungarian pepper set in May

2 ounces Provider snapbeans planted in April

2 ounces Provider snapbeans planted in May

1/4 pound Henderson

s bush Lima beans planted in May

2 ounces Purple Hull peas planted in May

25 Centennial sweet potatoes set in May

30 Stonehead cabbage transplants set in late March

30 Premium Crop broccoli transplants set in late March

30 Snow Crown cauliflower transplants in late March

2 packets Detroit Dark Red beets in double row planted in March

1 packet Vates collards planted in March

2 packets Danvers carrots in double row 4-inches apart planted March

1 packet Cherry Bell radish planted in March

1 packet Just Right turnip planted in March

1 packet Red Sails lettuce planted in March

200 Danvers onion sets 3 inches apart set in March

Warm Season Vegetables

Cool Season Vegetables

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Warm Season Vegetables

Cool Season Vegetables

Homeowners Guide To Landscaping

Homeowners Guide To Landscaping

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