garden size and hours of sun needed - Knowledgebase Question

HOOVER, Al
Question by weinberg69
March 23, 2009
I am planning on a permanent raised bed garden with 10-12 herbs, 2 tomatoe plants and maybe a couple of squash plants. How big should it be? Can you suggest dimensions good for a raided bed garden? Also, the garden will get morning sun up to late afternoon, depending on location. How many hours does it need if it starts with morning sun? Thanks


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Answer from NGA
March 23, 2009

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I find it easier to garden in a raised bed that is only about 3 feet wide. That way I can reach everything from both sides without straining. You can make yours wider if you prefer but it is a consideration. I suspect you will start out with only a few herbs and tomato plants but as the seasons progress you will want to add more and more plants. So, if the space allows, make your bed 6-8 feet long and about 3 feet wide. This should provide ample room. Most herbs like a minimum 6 hours of sun a day; tomatoes and squash will grow well with a minimum of 6 hours sun - more will be better - so plant them in the sunniest spots available.

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