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Burns Backyard Garden

Plan Type, Soil and Location

Garden Location: United States
Garden Size: 31' 11" x 31' 11"
Garden Type: Backyard / back garden
Garden Layout: Raised Beds
Sun or Shade: Partial Shade
Garden Soil Type: Light / Sandy soil

Plan Notes

I would start some lettuce with seedlings but spread some lettuce seeds for the rest. Just a suggestion as you can fully "carpet " the bed and it will allow you to harvest frequently. Carrots are best started with seed. After they develop their true leaves, you will need to thin them out by removing some. This will allow room for the other ones to grow. I shoot for 1-2 inches in-between carrots after thinning. You will know when they are ready to harvest by the stem of the foliage will get thick and dense and the tops of the carrots will push up out of the soil sometimes. Seedlings needed: You mentioned you only wished for 1 of each of these but I would suggest 2 of each. That way you can enjoy again Cauliflower-once your head develops you will want to "wrap" some of the leaves around the crown to keep white. I use some twine to hold. Cabbage- harvest once head has developed to a size you like. Mustard Greens- cut and come back like lettuce. I added some arugula and lettuce around the base of your tree. Those were just suggestions as they don't have very deep root systems, so you won't need a very deep bed around the base of your trees. To harvest salad greens, just cut down close to base but not completely. They will grow back over again. I would suggest an arch in between the beds. You may use this for your snow/English peas come cooler weather, when the weather is around 60 degrees. And then come Spring you can use it for cucumbers and even cherry tomatoes. Your beds will need enough soil for 24 square feet each. This is how I fill my beds to save money and also encourage drainage as well as build soil. 1.Cardboard or layers of newspaper (no color) 2.Straw (do a nice thick layer as it will compress with the soil, about 5 inches or so) 3.Soil (you can purchase bagged or get in bulk. Just remember that most bulk soil has no amendments, so you will need to add some. You can do this in the bed by mixing after pouring in. I would add, Worm Castings, Mushroom compost, and quality slow-release fertilizer to the bulk soil) 4. Insert plants and seeds 5. Mulch with straw around seedlings, wait until seeds develop until about 4 inches then add mulch. After plants have been in for about 4-6 weeks add a side dressing of mushroom compost and slow-release fertilizer per directions on bag. Watering: Your seeds will need to of course germinate, so moist soil is needed. Once germinated, water as needed. Your seedlings will require water more frequently, so I use the tried-and-true finger, I insert my finger down into soil. If it comes our dry, water. If it comes out damp or muddy, wait a few days.

Garden Plan

Plant List

 PlantNumberSpacingSpacing in RowsNotes
Arugula 35"3" x 7" 
Cabbage (Fall) 22' 9"2' 7" x 2' 11" 
Carrot 293"3" x 5" 
Cauliflower 21' 7"1' 5" x 1' 11" 
Lettuce (Crisphead) 49"7" x 11" 
Lettuce (Leaf) 83"3" x 5" 
Mustard 25"5" x 5" 
Peas 23"3" x 7" 
Spinach 27"5" x 11" 
Tree (Large) 213' 1"13' 1" x 13' 1" 

Planting Times

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