This is a journal of my vegetable gardens. Skippy was my first dog and he thought the garden was his, even though I did all the work. Now Suzie and Charley follow in his footsteps. We're located near Boston (USDA zone 6A). I have a community plot, a backyard vegetable garden, fruit trees, berry bushes, chickens, and bees. I use sustainable organic methods and do my best to grow all of my family's vegetables myself.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

plot plan to scale

Microsoft PowerPoint - Vegetable garden plan 2009b

A revised plan for next year with the scale corrected. Nice to have more space than I realized. I added in an asparagus patch and moved my garlic from home to plot.

My home garden exposure is part sun at the west side (sun from 11-3 pm) and part shade (sun from 1-4 at the east side. My community plot gets full sun.

garden planning (drawings and diagrams)



Blogger Susie said...

Did you plant your garlic yet? I planted my in September. Due to unusually mild fall, it is sprouting already. Do you think I am going to lose them?

October 12, 2008 8:46 PM

Blogger kathy said...

I don't think you will loose them. They'll be fine. Mine usually sprout in the fall. I planted mine last week (oct 7). Anytime from Sept - Nov is OK to plant garlic. Isn't the weather great!

October 12, 2008 8:52 PM

Blogger Peggy said...

How much space do you have between your raised beds?

October 12, 2008 10:56 PM

Blogger kathy said...

My pathways are about 16 inches. Here's an earlier post with all the specs.

October 12, 2008 11:40 PM

Blogger TYRA Hallsénius Lindhe said...

Good girl Kathy! You have already your garden plan for next season, and it looks really good. I think it was a good move to plant your garlic on your sunny plot./ LOL Tyra

October 13, 2008 10:57 AM

Blogger Peggy said...

Thanks! Ours are about 21 inches, I believe. Sometimes I think we should have had more space once everything is overgrown in late summer. I like to pack as much in as possible though!!

October 14, 2008 9:50 PM

Blogger kathy said...

For me the 16 to 18 inch spacing works OK. But not any smaller. Like you say, in mid summer the vegetables can completely overgrow the paths.

October 14, 2008 11:13 PM

Blogger Francine said...

Magnifique, ce potager.Je fais aussi des plans pour mes cultures, mais je n'arrive pas à m'y tenir. Pour la rotation des légumes je fais un peu n'importe quoi ... J'apprends l'anglais en ce moment, je reviendrais souvent te voir lorsque je serais pus performante ....

January 27, 2009 4:03 AM

Blogger kathy said...

Thanks for the comment! I used an online translator:

"Magnificent, this kitchen garden. I also make plans for my cultures, but I do not succeed in being held there. For the rotation of vegetables I make a bit anything... I learn English at the moment, I would often come back see you when I would be can competitive."

Me too. Exactly. I like the way you say: I do not succeed in being held by my plans.

January 27, 2009 12:59 PM

Blogger Caroline said...

I'm sorry if this is repeat but I can't find this answer on your blog any where... What is the name of the program you used for your 'scale' garden drawings? Where do I find this program? Thank you!

April 10, 2009 2:19 PM

Blogger kathy said...

I use MS PowerPoint for my plans. or pencil and paper.

You could also try: Google SketchUp or Gliffy

April 10, 2009 3:59 PM

Blogger J.Q. Rose said...

I love your garden plans too. Just checked out the MS PowerPoint site and will try it. Thanks for sharing.

June 30, 2009 4:20 PM

Anonymous lisa finerty said...

Great blog. Lovely garden. Great organization. Love the timeline photos of the side yard. Compliments --- and I can't believe you have a dog too!

Did you go to Carleton College by chance?

March 06, 2010 9:20 AM

Blogger kathy said...

Thanks. But no I didn't go to Carleton College.

March 06, 2010 1:52 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Franceline actually said, "I make plans for my crops, but I don't stick to it. For the rotation of vegetables, I do a bit of "whatever". I'm learning English, I'll come back to see you when I'm more proficient."
Don't rely on the accuracy of on-line translations, sometimes that are much more inaccurate. For example, the time the parent's club at school wanted to save me the trouble of translating the notice of an up-coming meeting, the on-line translation of parent's club was the type of club used as a weapon, not an organization. Although occasionally those meetings can become heated, nobody resorts to blows with clubs! A real person is the most reliable translator.

June 05, 2010 4:41 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love gardening but I live it city...just really jealous with you :). maybe I could share with you in the future my garden.
I just built my garden site here

November 19, 2010 2:56 AM


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