Hi all! I planted a garden spur of the moment last year with little to no prep work. It did well enough that I am going to plant again this year. My squash and cucumbers did really well last year. Tomatoes not so well.
I have raised beds that were here when we bought the house. The squash/ cucumber side is 19.5' long by 7.5' wide. The back side is a chain link fence I plan to use as a trellis to grow the cukes up. I also plan on crookneck squash, zucchini, and maybe a spaghetti squash. How many plants can fit in an area of that size?
The second bed is raised 24' long by 5.5' wide. The very front is a row of carrots (although I am not holding my breath on those as the soil is pretty rocky.) In the middle I want a row of peppers and an okra plant or two. Then along the back along the chain link fence I am growing sugar snap peas up it.
The third raised bed is 15' long by 10.5 feet wide. This is where the beans go (pole beans) up the fence in the back. Tomatoes will take up the rest of it. About how many
tomato plants can I put in here.
I am also doing lettuce, spinach, potatoes, and eggplant in containers.
My soil isn't the greatest as it is rocky from the previous owners filling the beds with crappy soil. Fertility wise it is okay and I did add some composted cow manure/ peat moss. We are slowly raking/ picking rocks out and maybe in 500 years we will get them all! I am in zone 7 as well.
Any advice, words of wisdom, suggestions? You guys have such great advice and I have enjoyed lurking here for awhile. Oh and I failed to mention that I went all out and decided to start plants from seed this year. That is a lot of work.