Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Some Garden Sketches

I have been trying to lay out the coming year's garden.  Now that the new beds are in things can be tweaked and finalized.  This first sketch was done in attempt to squeeze in lots of tomatoes.  I think the plants would be too closely spaced the way I have it laid out.  This first sketch contains the following:
Garlic- 2 beds
Berries- 2 beds
Greens- 3 small plots
Peas- 2 beds
The remainder of the space is filled by rhubarb, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, and a couple of green bean and pepper plants.  The potatoes will be in grow bags and another small raised bed that resides outside the fence.  

Of coarse, the new garden looks a bit different then this initial sketch.  We did add a new long bed in front, but in a different spot/different dimensions, and we will be adding another bed which will function as a permanent grow house/cold frame come Spring.  

Okay, on to the second round of sketches, the ones I will likely tweak and plant by (these are for my 3 available 3'5" x 6' beds).  Oh, and please ignore my directional notations, they are not correct for what I currently have in place.  The beds I have available run East/West; I have not drawn up the new bed however, which does in fact run North/ I have some slight revisions to do.

Bed 1: tomato, pepper, basil, and greens.

Bed 2: tomato, eggplant, basil, and more greens.

Bed 3: peas.  

Back to the drawing boards for me, it would be grand to get proper sketches done asap so I can get on with my non-gardening life for a few short weeks before it is time for January/February seed starting.  I need to run outside and measure the new beds.  Brrrrr.

How is your garden planning going?  


Michelle said...

I haven't even started planning yet! I will after Christmas...when the kids are home and it's cold and rainy.

And can I just say...I love graph paper. I love it so much. I think the planning is sometimes more fun than the gardening! :)

Thomas said...

I'm excited to get started on mine. I feel like my garden this year was so unorganized and that I just stuck things in empty spaces without much thought of where they should go. Hopefully, a well organized garden plan will pay off in extra lbs of harvest!

Veggie PAK said...

That was so fun looking at your plans! It really gets the garden brain going! Just a reminder at this stage, all of us need to remember the height of the plants so they all get plenty of sun and don't shade out each other as the sunlight travels during the day.

I'll get going on my plans after Christmas too. I'm going to try some sort of crop rotation this spring. I figure a little is better than none. Gosh, I wish spring would hurry up!

Robin said...

Most of my garden planning for next year is in my head. I won't be able to put everything down on paper until we know about the plots at the community gardens. So, final planning won't be until the end of January.....I'm sure that there will be a lot of planning after the holidays though. I just can't wait!!

meemsnyc said...

It's fun to sketch out what to grow in the garden!

Megan said...

YAY! How exciting to get to start the planning! That's one of my favorite times of year! It'll be a while before I get started. I love the color coding you did!

Erin said...

Love it! You do your plans like mine, I love taking pencil to paper still and doing it the old fashioned way. I have to figure out how to rotate a vacant bed this year to do cover crop, my soil needs rest. I'll be doing my planning after the holidays!

Annie's Granny said...

OK, now I have to go buy some graph paper. You went and got me all excited, even though I know any plans made now will be changed a gazillion times before the actual planting takes place. ;-)

thyme2garden said...

Garden planning even before Christmas! Wow, Kelly, you're so organized and ahead of the game! I haven't been motivated enough to actually put pencil to paper yet, but looking at your plans is definitely getting me in the mood!

LynnS said...

You are growing your garden larger AND doing it before the new year. Good for you!!