- Gardening Year: 2012
- Location: Westfield, IN
- Planting by Color: Yellow
Hi there! I’m Kelly, and this is my 4th year attemptng a garden here in Westfield, IN (Just North of Indianapolis by about 15mi.).
In the years past, I had just sort of planted wherever- not rows, but not really organized, and with little attention to where what goes. I just stood back at the edge of my plot and said “OK, squash over there, tomatoes there…” We had decent yields on some things (tomaotes and squash are big growers here!) but my choices of plant groupings ended up in shaded out lost crop and hard to reach veg that ended up rotting.
I stumbled across Emily’s fab site when looking up companion planting and haven’t looked back. I used to watch Mel Bartholomew’s Square Foot Garden show with my little brother growing up, so the concept is not foriegn, just foggy.
My (just finished!) newly renovated garden plot consists of 6 4×5 beds and an oddball shaped 6×4 one (it is 6×4 on one end and 4×4 on the other. Sort of.)
Here is my garden plan, after many many revisions (and, actually, sinc eI originally did htis plan, I was able to expand that one 3×5 to the same 4×5 as the rest so I have a free row for ???):
First and foremost, how does it look? Is this a viable plan? Does it make SENSE?
Is there a better way to arrange things to minimize pest issues? We have some hungry bunnies that ate ALL of my bean plants down to the ground last year, and about halfway through the season we got squash bugs that demolished everything. This year, as I dug, I discovered ANTS and they were tending to white blobs that I can only assume were squash bug larvae! GRR!!
Is there a better way to use the space I have- I am not well versed in interplanting and my attempt last year was dissapointing.
My husband just added “walls” to the beds this weekend, but since I have added loads of composted grass clippings, worm poop, etc over the years and have fairly happy soil and don’t want to cover that all up with new dirt….the “boxes” you see do not have bottoms, and I just added 2 40lb bags of top soil and 1 40lb bag of compost per box. I did not add vermiculite or peat as the soil we have, rocky and clay filled as it may be, drains pretty well and I plan on adding grass clippings as mulch to retain moisture – this worked well last year (for what it was worth!)
Thank you for any and all help – I am excited about having a productive, “happy” garden this year!!!