Brief history - just moved into a house last year so it was my first garden, and it turned out to be a disaster because of rain and not being able to start it until the end of June and then learning we are on marsh land. So this year my bf is building me a raised bed. It is very pretty - made with retaining wall blocks and he is making it perfect. BUT, he's not finished yet, so that is why I can't plant yet.
So I am getting a late start again, I know, but not nearly as late as last year! So I'm just gonna plant and see what happens. I should be able to get out there soon. Plus, all the seed packets say to start April-May for my area (Connecticut) so maybe it won't be that bad? I do have some seedlings already started that I will transplant. I am hoping he is done this weekend and that I can plant some seeds of peas, broccoli, lettuce, onions and potatoes (I also have some onions, broccoli and lettuce already started indoors, but I still need to harden off). I doubt I'll get to all of it since it's only gonna be like 50 during the day, and I hate being cold, but I will certainly try! And that of course is dependent on if he is even done.
Anyway, I have worked very hard on creating a layout so I have something to follow when I finally do get out there. I did research and asked questions on companion planting and how much room plants MUST have and if some can be closer together, etc. because I don't have much room. So this is what I came up with. The corn and green beans will all be planted directly in the ground when it warms up. Everything else not mentioned above (peppers, tomatoes, marigolds, cilantro, basil, celery and cucumbers) have all been started indoors, and I will transplant when it warms up. I also tried to list the type of vegetable and how it will be placed, etc.
I have also marked off the feet at the top and on the right side. The gridlines are marked off in 3 inch intervals (3 inches being light dotted lines, 6 inches being solid lines a little darker and the feet being marked off with darker solid lines. I put little dots where I was going to plant the seed or transplant. I tried to be very clear. (Apparently, yes, I have too much time on my hands! But I really don't!)
Please take a look and give me any advice if something should be moved or just can't be that close, etc. Or ask any questions! I am really trying to learn so next year I will have a fully functional garden!
Please note - it's quite large with small print, so you will have to click again to zoom in and move about the whole diagram. Thank you in advance!!!!
PS - Yes, I did this all by hand in Excel!