Like I said before, my garden is about 900 square feet, or 28 feet by 33 feet. It didn’t start out that way, so don’t let that scare you. I started in the early 1990’s with a 5 foot by 8 foot space on the north side of my house. It grew larger each year, and when we moved to my current 1 acre homestead, I staked out the 30×30 foot area. Even then, I only cultivated less than half that space in the beginning, and changed the layout from year to year. Your garden can be whatever size suits you, from an apartment balcony container garden to a backyard kitchen herb garden to a large garden like mine.
This garden is set up in 4 foot wide beds, about 25 feet long. I have 4 of the long beds for vegetables, plus 3 squares, and another 4 squares for herbs. Then I have a prep area for my compost bin, hay mulch, and pots and soil (The x’ed area). You can see the layout in the header graphic.
I have a section for tomatoes, and another for cucumbers. A section for okra, zucchini, peppers and eggplants. These are the longer-living vegetables. Then there are sections for short-lived plants like lettuce, spinach, carrots, kale and other vegetables.
You can see by the mess that this is a working document. I have a garden notebook, and it goes out with me when I am working the garden. Changes, additional plantings and other notes are added as the season progresses. It can and does get pretty messy.
This year in Texas has been very wet so far. I discovered I put my tomatoes and potatoes in a low spot (the dotted circle areas), so a couple tomatoes drowned, and I transplanted two more to higher ground. One of them prospered, and gave us tomatoes, but the other one struggled along until just recently. The potatoes didn’t make it.
Because of the moisture, I got a fungus on my fig tree, and almost all the leaves fell off, but it is coming back nicely. The zucchini, cantaloupe and pumpkins all died from cabbage worms. However, the peppers and eggplant are still producing very well.
At this point in the gardening calendar, I am putting in fall and winter crops. I will be posting a monthly calendar and to-do list each month so you can see what I am doing and hopefully motivate you do year-round gardening yourself.