I love planning a little garden. After reading the Square Foot Gardening book last year, I've planned our vegetable garden in a "square foot" layout. I think it looks pretty. Pretty may not be the objective, but it works for me. :)
This year, we are working on a permanent herb garden. I'm going to plan it in among the garden spaces. We're going to use the cedar planks leftover from last year. I hope this lasts for a long time.
Here's the planned layout:
I'm not sure if you can read the screen print, but here's a list of what's being planted:
(16 squares) three different kinds of carrots (carnival, cosmic purple, danvers)
(2) yellow squash
tendergreen bush green beans
kentucky wonder pole green beans
bell peppers (1 - yellow, 1 - red)
(2) jalapeno peppers
(10) tomatoes (not sure what kind yet. I'm buying plants this year vs. sowing myself, like last year)
(3) butternut squash
(3) sugar baby watermelon
(2) climbing nasturtiums
We already planted the lettuce/greens a few weeks ago. Here's what they look like now:
All around the outside, we're going to plant marigolds in different shades of yellow and orange. You'll notice the mint containers toward the bottom of the plan. I have some older plant pots to contain the mint. I'm hoping to get some pineapple mint, chocolate mint, spearmint and peppermint plants.
The cucumbers and pole beans will be trained to climb the pvc pipe trellis from last year. I only need to add fresh twine.
Eventually, I'd like to add mulched bark or gravel to the pathways to keep the weeds down and to make the garden a permanent fixture. This is where I'm having a dilemma. Should I place gravel or mulch. What do you think?
Would you use gravel or mulch to fill in the walkways, and why?
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