5 Tips to Organize a Vegetable Garden Layout

Last Friday I mentioned 5 Vegetable Garden Design Tips for the Friday Fives post.  Today we'll look at some more vegetable garden design tips that relate to organization of a garden's layout!  I'll have to own up and admit it that the organization part of gardening is a skill where I am somewhat deficient though I am striving to do better.  We all know how valuable time is and by creating a garden that is organized efficiently we can maximize the effect our time in the garden has.  Here are 5 Tips to Organize a Vegetable Garden Layout! Organize your garden for convenience!  This is very important.  If you have to travel over an acre of your property to reach your vegetable garden to grab a couple tomatoes, a few squash, and maybe an eggplant for dinner how often do you think you are going to do that?  Tomato harvest!…

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Vegetable Garden Layout for 2012

Every year I tweak the vegetable garden layout a little.  I new get ideas, want to try different arrangements, and theorize about what might work better.  This could mean one of these days I'll strike the right balance of form and function, but until then it just means a whole lot of tinkering, moving, shoveling, mulching, and probably quite a bit of muscle soreness!  Whenever I do change the layout of my raised bed vegetable garden I aim to do four things: Make a better (more functional) arrangement for planting and harvesting vegetables. Plan for good access for equipment like wheelbarrows or tillers. Arrange the beds so that the insides of the raised beds can be reached easily. And try to make the garden so it looks great! Those four things are part of a larger list I put together a while back in this post called Designing a Raised…

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The Circular Raised Bed

As you might know if you followed me on Facebook we had a fantastic weather weekend! Which of course meant what? TIME IN THE GARDEN!  After being cooped up all winter my daughters and I hightailed it to the backyard and spent the day outdoors digging in the dirt. We accomplished many of the chores I mentioned on Friday (wait they weren't chores because I enjoyed doing them!). One of those tasks was a rearrangement of the vegetable garden. I wanted to move four small raised beds out of the center and install a retaining wall stone raised bed. The obvious advantage to stone for raised beds is that it won't rot like my old wooden beds have done. In fact I noticed that the small raised beds I put together last year have some significant rotting along the bottom (see my last picture in this post). They might make…

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Vegetable Garden Layout – Parterre Style!

The other day I posted about the next evolution of my garden on its way to becoming a more formalized vegetable garden. Today I'll show you the layout of what I hope the vegetable garden will eventually become. There are some distinct advantages to the layout changes that I am planning on making that I'll share with you below the diagram of the vegetable garden layout. First a Short Description of the Vegetable Garden: I want to divide the garden into 4 main sections that curve around a center circle bed. Each bed will be lined with retaining wall blocks (most likely cast concrete) to define the beds and keep the soil inside. The central path and circle path in the middle will be approximately 4 feet wide. The pathways to the left and right will end with a couple of large pots filled with herbs as an edible exhibit.…

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Vegetable Garden Layout with Raised Beds for 2011

Another year comes and guess what - I make more changes to my vegetable garden layout! I haven't done anything yet but below you'll see what I intend to change from last year's vegetable garden design. This is step one in altering my garden into what will eventually become an awesome parterre layout. I can envision it now - brick lined paving stone paths, elegant raised beds, integrated companion plantings with flowers spilling over the edges of the stone lined raised beds. Can you see it? For now the changes will be small. According to the 2010 Vegetable Garden Layout I had four raised beds flanking either side of the central path. For 2011 I'll be moving those out and replacing the worn out raised bed in the lower right corner with the four smaller beds to make one large bed. In the center of the garden will be a…

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Greenhouse Garden Landscape Ideas

While the snow is coming down I thought I would put together a rough draft garden layout of the gardens I hope to cultivate around the greenhouse once it is complete. The Landscape Garden Layout around my Greenhouse/Gardenshed Garden Landscape Layout for around Our Greenhouse Shed (not to scale) When planning out a landscape project like this the first thing I do is factor in what is already there. In this case the tree line in the upper right, the wild cherry trees on the left, the maple tree in the lower left and the willow on the right were planted before the greenhouse was started. In fact the beds on the bottom were begun before the greenhouse too. The right perennial bed doesn't go very far yet but will be expanded over time. The two 'Shenandoah' switch grasses and crape myrtles were planted in 2009. The crape myrtles were…

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My Raised Bed Vegetable Garden Changes for 2010

Each year I try to expand the vegetable garden a little bit more. The first year in our home I didn’t have time to put together a garden before the growing season started and we missed out on any vegetable garden. The "L" Shaped Raised Beds: The second year I put together a set of raised beds that were arranged in an “L” shape. The idea was neat but I left grass around the beds that I had to mow around and it became very difficult to keep the area neat. “L” shaped beds would work great if you have a nice low groundcover – like thyme – or some sort of mulch (either hardwood or gravel based) to replace the grass. Potager Vegetable Garden with Raised Beds: In 2009 I got smarter. I rearranged the raised beds into a grid with a combination of small raised beds, large raised…

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Parterre Vegetable Garden Layout – Raised Beds

While stuck indoors over the last several days because of the cold weather I thought perhaps designing a couple vegetable garden layouts might be a fun use of my time. This particular vegetable garden design fits into the classic parterre layout. A vegetable garden with the parterre garden design would easily lend itself to a good crop rotation plan with its four main sections. The middle circular bed could be used as a decorative planter with flowers and a fountain or as an herb garden. This garden layout is relatively small and could fit in most backyards. The center paths are about 4 feet wide to easily accommodate wheel barrows or those with wheelchairs. The outside pathway is only 2 feet wide in the layout but could be expanded to four. If I were building this layout for my vegetable garden I would use reclaimed brick or decorative stone for…

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A 10’x2′ Raised Bed for the Vegetable Garden

Each year I expand my vegetable garden just a little. I use raised beds which just can't be beat for productivity in the backyard vegetable garden and so this year I'm planning on adding four more raised beds. These four raised beds may just be the last of the raised beds in the vegetable garden for the foreseeable future so I want to make sure that they are functional, productive, easy to work with, and look good with all the other raised beds. Raised beds are not hard to make and can come in a variety of ways from a mound of soil that is raised in the center and slopes to the outside, to hay bales as edging, or to what I usually use: non-pressure treated lumber.  Ceder wood is the best since it is rot resistant but I've been going on the cheap side with regular old pine.…

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Fall Vegetable Garden Layout for a 4’x8′ Raised Bed

Lately I've been thinking about my fall vegetable planting and since the time is upon us I thought I would put together a diagram of how I might plant one of my 4'x8' raised beds. While this layout is not necessarily drawn to scale with regard to the number of plants possible it should show what kind of plants go well together in the fall garden. The plants in this layout are generally considered good companion plants and since pests will be fewer in the fall they shouldn't have many problems. This plan includes radishes, beets, lettuce, spinach, cabbage, broccoli, and bush beans. We aren't big broccoli eaters here (my wife isn't too fond of it!) so I'll just settle for a few plants. I love broccoli in Fettuccine Alfredo! I hope to try pickling some beets this fall and the spinach should last beyond the first freeze once it…

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