I was wondering if any veggie garden experts could weigh in as I try to figure out our vegetable garden this year. We bought a house and this is the first time I’ve had a yard in which to plant! So I’m very excited.
I’m certain that we’ll need to do raised beds. We don’t have a fence yet, so this poses somewhat of a problem in terms of keeping our produce away from whoever wants to nibble, but I’m thinking I can put wire upon the sides, internally, to help with that at least somewhat. And we might have a fence by Spring’s end anyway.
We are in the Midwest and zone 5. We are interested in keeping it as organic and natural as possible. Our yard is in a new development and we don’t have any natural shade. But I can create shade if necessary.
The veggies I’m interested in planting are the following: tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots, broccoli, peppers, sugar snap peas, lettuce, sweet potatoes and squash. I like green beans and kale, too, but I think that may not work very well here.
I plan on having a container garden for herbs.
From what I understand, I need to till the ground beneath the raised beds and mix that soil with the top soil I purchase to make water absorption as smooth as possible.
I want advice about buying seeds vs. buying transplants - and can I get transplants at nurseries? And how to nurture the seeds/transplants inside until the appropriate time to transfer outside. What has your set-up been?
I also want advice about planting. The sides of our raised bed will be no taller then 18 inches, but the depth for growth will be longer then that since we’ll have the underbed tilled too. The width of the beds will be four feet, but I haven’t decided on length. How much space (sq footage) should I plan on having for the raised beds? I want enough yield to be able to have extra for freezing and canning. We are only a family of three, so we don’t need tons. I’m not sure about spacing and such, either. What veggies go next to each other safely?
Anyone have advice about organic pest control?
Also - with constructing/purchasing the raised beds - how did you do it economically? We are thinking intreated wood or possibly concrete blocks. Advantages/disadvantages? I notice some sites say that concrete blocks don’t need mortar, but that just seems like an accident waiting to happen.
I’m sure I’ll have more questions, but that’s it for now. Thanks!