Vegetables and Fruit forum: More space for veggies next year.

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Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
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Newyorkrita
Aug 21, 2012 2:26 PM CST
I decided I needed more space for my veggies next year. I don't have them in only one area but rather have various veggie areas around the garden. So I expanded one gardenbed that is a tomato garden. And I moved iris out of a square raised bed so that what used to be a flower bed is now going to be a veggie bed.

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Here are my iris in what I call Tower Square Garden.

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And here is Tower Square garden with everything except the clematis on the tower moved out. I mulched it with straw so that it doesn't get overgrown with weeds.

I intend to put up a vertical trellis around the smaller middle part and grow my Yard Long Beans there next year. Then I will plant tomatoes around the big part of the square.


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The other thing I did was extend this tomato bed I call the old tomato bed.


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Had to move some stuff and change things around but I got the bed outlined and put in. Plus there is room around it so I have a path. Just planted the grass seed in the path area this morning as I just finished the bed expansion yesterday.


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Closeup of the end of the new garden and pathway around it.


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Here it is from a different direction. Here I am on my driveway looking over.
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
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Newyorkrita
Aug 23, 2012 4:15 PM CST
Was watering the grass seed that I put in the new pathway around the tomato garden extension and looking at the way the yard there has charged. I really like it better as it looks more open without that sapling tree. Besides it was a Mulberry and I was always hacking it back as it just did not want to behave and stay smaller.

That extension really is going to up the number of tomato plants in that bed next year. Now I have 12 plants, two rows of six. Next year I plan on planting 20 plants there in two rows of ten. Plus I have the Tower Square garden in which I plan to put 10 tomato plants. And that is a compleatly new veggie area now that I have the iris plants moved out of there. And I have other areas with tomato plants. Lots of tomato plants. Rolling my eyes.

The tomatoes seem to have slowed down putting out the ripe fruits just lately but I really can't complain. Green fruits still setting and the production this year was excellent. Green Grin!
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
Charter ATP Member Seed Starter Tomato Heads I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Vegetable Grower Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge)
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Newyorkrita
Aug 25, 2012 3:58 PM CST
Well, I had a few days to look at my expanded tomato bed. Decided to make it one brick wider running lengthwise to make it easier with the placement of the row of cages for next year. Used the put newspaper on grass, cover with some leaves and straw method and there it is until next year. I think it needed that slight bit of extra width.

Name: Caroline Scott
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CarolineScott
Aug 25, 2012 5:08 PM CST
Sounds like one good project completed and ready for next season.
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
Charter ATP Member Seed Starter Tomato Heads I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Vegetable Grower Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge)
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Newyorkrita
Aug 25, 2012 5:37 PM CST
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