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Asked by
Anonymous on
March 19, 2012

Q. Layout

I live in east Texas, and because of the poor quality of my soil, I had to dig out a spaceĀ (to fill it back with better quality stuff) that is 2 feet deep. I ended up digging a space that is 20 feet by 16 feet. I am only going to use a part of the area- approximately half for this year. I was wondering what would be a good way to block off the area I am not going to use this year?

Answered by
cheryl24 on
March 27, 2012
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I am from canada so it's very different gardening than you, but I feel you should grow something easy in that area, you didn't say if it was for flowers or vegetables but you could plant squash or pumpkins that grow on their own with out much help. If flowers grow something from seed just to keep down the weeds.

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Asked by
ralban on
April 6, 2012

Q. how to make a japanese garden

How to make a Japanese garden.

Answered by
Nikki on
April 6, 2012
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Asked by
Anonymous on
May 22, 2012

Q. Starting a Garden Space

I have a swimming pool in my backyard. I want to drain it and create a garden space – it’s the only spot on my property that has full sun. I would like to know the preparation requirements. It is 3′ deep in the shallow end. The deep end is 6′ but I would like to have a ‘pond’ on that end. Maybe it should be the other way around? I need to know things like soil depth required, do I keep the liner in or take it out? Things like rock sizes, etc. This will be an organic garden.

Answered by
Nikki on
May 22, 2012
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If you are planning on not growing shrubs and trees, the 3' end should be fine, but if you will be planting trees and shrubs, then I would use the 6' end for the garden.

If you can remove the liner, that would be best to allow for drainage. But if you cannot, drainage will be your biggest problem. I would lay down at least 1' of large gravel on the bottom to act as a drainage catch. This will help the soil on top remain unswampy.

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Asked by
JenJM on
August 3, 2012

Q. successful vegetable garden design

Okay I would like to hear from lots of people on this. . . if you have a successful vegetable garden, can you please share your best hints with me? Especially in the layout? Hours of sun? Compost? Plastic or straw between rows? Weed management, etc. I live in CT, so I guess people who live in zone 6 would probably have the best answers for me. I have a decent garden, but I see others as I drive around that just seem so much nicer than mine. . .

Answered by
Heather on
August 13, 2012
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The grass is always greener... I bet people think the same about yours as well but you just do not see it. :)

This group of articles might help you:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/vgen/starting-vegetable-gardens-guide.htm

I personally prefer straw. It seems to work better for weeds and lets the water through nicely. Plus, no clean up needed at the end of the year with it. And I prefer raised beds. Helps keep things neater and the beds dry out faster so you can plant sooner.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
September 22, 2012

Q. Garden Designs

I would like to create a cottage garden in my backyard and I am not sure what shape (kidney shaped, round, etc. ) I want. I keep looking for a website that may give me design shapes but I haven’t been successful. Any help would be appreciated.

Asked by
girlygardener103 on
October 5, 2012

Q. What Is the Purpose?

What is the purpose of garden globes?

Answered by
Nikki on
October 6, 2012
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Garden globes, known as gazing balls, actually go back many years and were popular during Victorian times. They were often placed in the center of the gardens to reflect all the beautiful colors and allow one to view the garden from different areas.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
October 21, 2012

Q. Planting Veg

I’m just starting a new veg. plot and although I have grown veggies before, I need some help on plant spacing in order to plan bed sizes, etc. and allow for rotation. Is there anywhere I can find the row and plant spacing for the range of brassicas, root crops, etc.that I want to grow; a simple table would we great!

Answered by
Nikki on
October 22, 2012
Certified Expert
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The layout and planting of your vegetable garden is based more on personal preference and what works best for you rather than any specific order or design. However, planting crops in a way in which all are supplied with ample amounts of sunlight is best--such as with taller plants in rows further back to prevent shading. This article provides some layout suggestions that may help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/vgen/the-layout-of-your-vegetable-garden.htm

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