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Old 05-20-2018, 07:45 PM   #1
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Plant layout for garden help


I am starting a garden and looking for some suggestions on where would be best to plant everything.

Is it best to plant rows? Should rows be East/West, North/South or does it not matter?

Garden is 20 ft wide x 40 ft long = 800 sq ft total.
Garden is in full sun

Here is what I got:
Zucchini
Cucumbers
Dill
Banana Pepper
Bell Pepper
Cauliflower
Watermelon
Cantaloupe
Honeydew Mellon
Green Onion
Carrots
Pumpkins

I've read that some plants do better next to others. Suggestions on planting all of these?

I appreciate any help. First year doing this garden.

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Old 05-20-2018, 11:24 PM   #2
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Each "gourd" plant needs plenty of space away from another " gourd" plant.

When I was a kid, back in the dark ages, we planted our cucumbers near our cantaloupe, and they cross bred, had the weirdest cantaloupe, and they tasted horrible.

So some will be cross pollinated, and create somethin that you were not planning on.

What direction is the garden, lengthwise NS, or EW?

looked again, and saw the map, so this is answered.



And if you are going to have taller plants they need to be at the side farthest from the angle that the sun is coming from.

Or they will shade their shorter neighbors, and deny them the light needed to flourish.


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Coffeebuild......what did you decide ?
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Grow your green onion, dill, and peppers in large pots on the deck, away from the garden and separate the peppers by the length of the deck to prevent some cross pollenation. As Ed said, the "gourd" plants, such as pumpkins and watermelon will take up a bunch of space. Then think about it. How many pumpkins will you eat? How many watermelons? Some things are best bought at the store as they are a PITA to grow and take up a bunch of space that you could otherwise use for some beans or corn.

Plant zucchini on a 3' round hill and put the seeds around the perimeter about half way up. They, too will spread out, but you can always preserve them via freezing.

We grow cucumbers in tomato cages so they grow up and hang down as they traverse up the cages.

Carrots need really soft deep soil to grow well.
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I ended up planting everything East/West.

Row 1 - Pickling cucumber
R2 - Slicing cucumber
R3 - Dill
R4 - Cauliflower
R5 - Bell Pepper
R6 - Banana Pepper
R7 - Green onion
R8 - Carrot
R9 - Zucchini
R10 - Watermelon
R11 - Honeydew
R12 - Cantaloupe

I had to till the garden out a bit longer to fit the last row in. Overall everything has came up except both peppers. I'm guessing they are a loss so I will have to buy some started plants as I really wanted some peppers this year.
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