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Organic Gardening #6 – Layout and Planting

May 27, 2013 by Jocelyn

Generally, Memorial Day weekend has been the time I’ve used to get my garden started. It’s normally warm enough for me to plant all of my veggies, but not this year! Our growing season is currently about 2-4 weeks behind schedule, and the only things I have in my garden so far are cabbage, beets, peas, spinach, and onions. I was hoping that by now I would at least have a few good garden planting progress photos for you, but alas, it wasn’t meant to be!

The temperatures have been cooler than normal, averaging highs in the mid-forties over the past week or so, and it has been windy as heck! Yuck. I had my tomato plants outside yesterday for a couple hours, and they looked pretty sad after just a few hours.

For now, most of my garden is covered in black plastic so the soil will warm up more quickly. I’ve designed a layout plan for my garden, taking crop rotation and companion planting into account, which you can see below.

Garden Design

Read my Companion Planting post if you’d like more details about plant placement!

So, once it’s actually warm enough to plant, it’s going to be a frantic rush to get everything done.

My Planting Process:

  • Remove the layer of plastic, and pull any remaining weeds.
  • Then add a layer of compost, and work it into the soil.
  • Before planting anything I set all of my pots on the dirt where I’m intending to plant them to see if everything fits the way I’d like.
  • At this point, I will likely lay down the soaker hose I purchased this year, then just plant around that.
  • And last but not least, plant all the things!!

Hopefully I will be updating you all soon with news of warmer weather and some great photos of my plants in the garden!

Thank you to all of our  service men and women; Happy Memorial Day.  Thanks for reading!


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