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Garden Layouts

“The greatest gift of the garden is the restoration of the five senses.” ~Hanna Rion
 Spring planting season has come and gone, and things are starting to grow. This year instead of the usual stack of loose paper drawings stuffed into a drawer somewhere, I decided it was time to learn how to make garden diagrams on the computer.
My flower beds are a wild mix of whatever strikes my fancy, planted in utter chaos with no particular plan in mind, tall and short, new and old, pretty and pretty ugly. To draw a diagram of that fantastic faux pas could take years. The contents of my flower beds change with the seasons, my whims and nature’s own ideas. My gardening strategy is survival of the fittest, and whatever survives has earned its place.
My vegetable gardens are also planted somewhat willy nilly, but they get far more attention and there is some reasoning involved in the decision making.

Keeping a journal, or records of what (and where) you plant is useful. Not only does it help you identify plants as they begin to pop up through the soil, it helps you to keep track of which plants grow well in certain areas of the garden. Record keeping is also a great way to avoid planting a crop in the same location next year. Moving plants around in the garden helps to keep the soil in any particular spot from becoming nutritionally depleted. It also helps to confuse pests and keep your gardens looking new each year.

I created my garden plans in Word Perfect 2007, and then saved each as a pdf document, to allow me to upload them to the website in a viewable format that can be clicked instead of downloaded.

As is my typical style, I have planted things wherever (and whenever) I pleased, resulting in a pleasant and curious mix of tall and short, pretty and plain, quick harvest and long harvest crops. I have planted everything from seed except my tomatoes and marigolds.

 “A weed is a plant that has mastered every survival skill except for learning how to grow in rows.” –  Doug Larson

Vegetable Garden 001

Vegetable Garden 002

Vegetable Garden 003

Vegetable Garden 007

 What do you get if you divide the circumference of a pumpkin by its diameter? Pumpkin Pi.

You might notice that my gardens are numbered 1-3 and then 7. This is because gardens 4-6 are not built yet, and so, will not be planted until the fall. I garden in raised beds, built from old shipping pallets. When torn apart, the wood from one pallet will create a 12″ deep 4’x4′ garden. While these garden’s are free to build, they can be expensive to fill. The soil on my property is very rocky clay fill that is nearly impenetrable, let alone suitable for gardening. Each garden contains a mix of peat, topsoil and sheep manure.

 “My green thumb came only as a result of the mistakes I made while learning to see things from the plant’s point of view.”  ~H. Fred Dale


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