Bed A is an in-ground bed and will gain 2-feet on the north end. In 2011, this ground was covered with a layer of cardboard, mulch, and containers growing Roma tomatoes.
|Containers growing at the north end of bed A in 2011.|
Bed B is also an in-ground bed that measures 8x19 feet. The two 4x4 beds from C and D will be moved to the south end of Bed B so the trellis can be utilized.
The largest change to the garden spot this year will involve the Square Foot Garden (SFG) beds. The area of beds C and D originally held six 4x4 SFGs, two rows of three 4x4 SFGs with 2.5-foot grassy paths in between.
|Square Foot Gardens from Spring 2011|
The frames of the two center SFG beds will be moved to Bed B and the grassy paths on either side will be dug up and combined into an in-ground gardening space. So from left to right will be a 4x4 SFG, a 9-foot in-ground garden bed, then another 4x4 SFG.
This change will make watering much easier and more efficient because I can string soaker hoses all the way across the beds. There will also be less grass trimming in between the paths and I will gain 40 square feet of additional growing space. In addition, I will still be able to reap the benefits of the raised beds warming quicker in the Spring. The two modified beds will measure 17.5x4 each.
Bed E is the newest bed dug last year. It measures 19x5 feet and will grow mostly potatoes this year.
My seed box is organized, I have a rough list of what I want to grow, and a blank slate to work with.... Now on to mapping out the garden and developing a seed starting schedule.