Planting The Vegetable Garden

by Kimberly Hickok

Last weekend we put our garden in. The week before we had freeze warnings just about every night. The waiting was excruciating. I just love planting the garden and having fresh produce all summer long.

Our garden is about 35’ long and 15’ wide. We try to plant things that will mature at various times throughout the season. We also try our best to make sure that we don’t plant more than we will eat – except for tomatoes!

Here’s a layout of the garden.

The garden is bordered on three sides by marigolds. In the back are potatoes, tomatoes, butternut and zucchini squash, garlic, peas and cucumbers. In the front from left to right are rows of broccoli, cabbage, eggplant, bell peppers, jalapenos, green beans, swiss chard and carrots. The rest of the front contains the herb and lettuce garden and onions.

Our growing season is mid-May through the beginning of November. Things like broccoli, cabbage and swiss chard can be harvested until the cold kills them. The peas will come in early. So will the garlic. After they are harvested the butternut squash can grow into the area where they were. The cucumbers will grow on the trellis after the peas are harvested.

Just about everything we grow starts with plants with a few exceptions – green beans, swiss chard, carrots, peas and butternut squash.

The garden isn’t fenced. We use an organic spray that smells really bad to keep the rabbits away.

A view from the end where the cukes and onions are planted

As the season progresses, I’ll post more pictures.

So, how does your garden grow?

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