The Q&A Archives: Vegetable Garden Planning

Question: We are planning a large, approx. 1 acre, veg. garden. Any layout suggestons? Michigan. Corn, beans, tomatoes, peppers, squashes, peas, etc. thanks.

Answer: The general rule of thumb is tall crops go in the back (north), while short crops go in the front (south) of your garden. This is so no plant shades another. I place rows of pole beans, tomatoes, and eggplant in the back. The next row would be peppers, eggplant and bush squash. On the edges of the beds I'd plant melons and cucumber and let them vine outside the garden, thus saving space. In front I'd plant carrots and bush beans. They should all fit. Just follow the spacing recommendations on the packages and you'll end up with lots of food to eat or freeze and enough for to sell at a farmer's market. Enjoy!

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