Welp, I think I’ve finally done it. Granted, I’m sure there will be mistakes and revisions, but I am 89.9% sure I have the finalized garden plan layed out.
Here’s what it should look like at the middle of the growing season:
Utilizing both companion planting and succession planting methods, I am pretty sure we will be able to grow what we want in a 15×40’² area. Right now, it’s 15×25’², so we have about 15×15’² left to lay out. But- the brilliance here is that the stuff I’ve designated for that remaining area is stuff that can be planted a little bit later in the season, so we have time to get the soil in good condition.
I probably made this whole thing more complicated than I had to, but what else do I have to occupy my time while the kids sleep? Hmm? Right.
First I sun mapped our property to pick the optimal spot.
I adopted a succession planting chart from littlehouseinthesuburbs.com and modified it to my “little green gardening book” to include what I would be growing this year
Using my sowing calendar, I was able to determine when to plant which vegetables and where
And I determined how much of each plant/space required to grow enough for 4 people.
And that’s how I ended up with the final plan.
I am not sure about the melons and the pumpkins, but based on what I saw around here this fall, I think they’ll be just fine being planted in succession after my earlier crops are done. Now, we wait… Until indoor seeding gets going next month!