Plant the spring gar­den on pa­per first

The Standard Journal - - LOCAL - By Ricky Ens­ley [email protected]

How many times have you planted your spring gar­den and wished you had room for an­other row or two?

You think the plant­ing is go­ing fine un­til sud­denly you are run­ning short of space and you still have the snap beans, but­ter­beans, squash and pep­pers left to plant.

You wish you could go back and take out that ex­tra row of corn you planted, but it’s too late. So you shrug your shoul­ders and plant fewer snap beans, but­ter­beans and squash than you re­ally wanted and then go look­ing for buck­ets to plant the left­over pep­per trans­plants in.

You don’t have to do that again; if you plant your spring gar­den on pa­per first. This is a good time to plan the gar­den on pa­per if you haven’t al­ready done so. Once you’ve laid it out on pa­per, you’ll know ex­actly how many trans­plants you will need and how many feet of row of cer­tain vegeta­bles.

Just mea­sure your gar­den space and then draw it to scale on pa­per. It’s eas­i­est to do on graph pa­per. Then, be­ing care­ful to al­low all the room you need for rows and be­tween-plant spac­ing, pen­cil in your gar­den.

This way when you plant one too many rows of corn, you can just go back and erase it. and you don’t have to throw trans­plants away when you run out of room.

Once the gar­den is laid out on pa­per the task of field lay­out be­comes that much eas­ier. Plant taller vegeta­bles to­ward the north side of the gar­den so they will not shade the shorter plants.

As you lay out you gar­den, too, con­sider the yields of the plants. Do you need all those toma­toes that 50 to­mato plants are go­ing to pro­duce?

Re­mem­ber to plan first then plant.

Ricky Ens­ley

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