- 4′ x 4′ raised beds for individual plants
- 4′ x 9′ beds for grouped plants (cutting flowers, greens, multiples of a single variety like okra)
- 9′ x 9′ beds (or close depending on the symmetry…) for crops like corn, pumpkins, melons – things that need room
- a central, decorative herb garden of diagonal, triangular beds surroundig a bird bath for that French Potager feeling that I longed for
The beds are 4′ x 4′ for the most part so that all tending can be done without stepping on the fine soil I have been striving to build all these years.
The 4′ x 9′ beds still allow this protection while allowing a more sprawling plant its needed space.
The 9′ x 9’+ beds do get walked on, but not frequently since it is hard to get through corn stalks and pumpkin vines, and there is little need until it is time to harvest – at which point the soil is dry and less susceptible to damage. The clay we have here in southern Ohio is far more damaged in spring when wet – this is the time to stay OFF.
With that in mind, I still haven’t tilled, sewn seeds, or planted, and I just know it will be next weekend or the following until I do get in. I just can’t seem to beat this schedule. But, by then, the soil will be warm, and the tomatoes, if they had gone in earlier, with the recent cool nights and sogging rains, would still have to play catch up.
To tolerate this late start, I do grow herbs I can’t wait for – ANY LONGER – in pots on my deck, and I will also sneak off to support the local farmer’s markets too.
Visit www.localharvest.org if you need to do the same!