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Higgy 03-18-09 12:12 PM

Garden tiiiiiiimeeeeeee!!!!
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Ok, so it's that time of year which I love...thinking about what I'm going to do in my garden and how to place the vegetables this year. It's good to switch things around from year to year, so I'm trying to think of how to place them and still get an efficient amount of lighting on all my plants for the ones that need more sun, and get the ones in the moist area that need more moisture. Last year wasn't too bad, but I think my tomatoes got too dry, and my onions got too moist.

So here is a drawing of my garden. The fence causes shade until about 11:00-noonish. Then it gets the sun all the way till the night. I had tomatoes along there last year and they did pretty well. The south side is the moistest side and it does get sun, but it stays very moist most of the time. I am thinking of putting lettuse there as lettuse doesn't need as much sunlight and likes moist conditions. I was going to put my tomatoes in the west side to see how that goes, but then later on in the day, they'll block the sun forom hitting the other plants, but maybe not enough to actually make a difference. And I was going to put the onions near the north where it is hotter and dryer, which they like.

So I'm leaving this up in the air. I have in my head mostly what I'd like to do (I purchased a good gardening book last year after the summer and it gave me some ideas), but before I say anything, I'd like to hear what some of you all have to think first. Let me know what you think.

SVOboy 03-18-09 08:09 PM

What's the temperature like up there? Looks like it will be fun, :)

Higgy 03-18-09 10:57 PM

We get pretty hot summers most of the time. Usually ranges anywhere from 20C - 33C (68F - 91F...sometimes hotter, but that's rare). Average is probably more like 26C or 79F.

TimJFowler 03-20-09 06:02 PM

Which gardening book did you get and what are you planning to grow?

Higgy 03-21-09 03:32 PM

It was the most basic one I could find and it's called Grow Vegetables. Grow Vegetables: Gardens - Yards - Balconies - Roof Terraces: Alan Buckingham, Jo Whittingham: Books

It's given me some really good ideas on some things I'd like to do to my garden and where to plant them. A couple of things I didn't know about certain vegetables. I haven't read it in full, and I'm sure there's a lot more I can learn from it.

Basically...tomatoes, carrots, cucumbers, beets, beans, onions (that's all I did last year), and I think this year I may add some snap peas, lettuce...and if I'm adventurous I may do one corn stalk. Depends how much room I have. I over did some things last year cause we wanted to make baby food for the kids, so we may not do as much of the same thing and do more of a variety instead.

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