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Planning, Designing and Growing a Vegetable Garden

By dave
January 12, 2013

It's that time of year, when freezing temperatures suddenly fade away into our distant memory and we start getting that vegetable garden itch. Let's talk about vegetables - how to grow them and how to design your vegetable gardens.

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Mar 15, 2012 6:57 PM CST
Name: Horseshoe Griffin
Efland, NC (Zone 7a)
And in the end...a happy beginning!
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Great write-up, Dave.

Very informative and covered quite a few of the most important topics to consider in veggie gardening. Good going!

I was especially pleased to see you covered the value of "weeds"; dandelions are one of my most favored of them all!

"Non-traditional places to grow vegetables". I love telling folks about "edible landscaping" and your mention along these lines was perfect! Thanks for including that.

I could go on and on but would rather hear from others so will hush up before getting too long-winded! :>)

All in all...great article!

Shoe
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Mar 15, 2012 7:13 PM CST
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Name: Dave Whitinger
Grapevine, Texas (Zone 8a)
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Thank you, Shoe. I am honored to have such high praise from someone with your experience!! Smiling

I'd love to see some photos of your structures. I bet you've made some pretty creative bean climbing items.
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Mar 15, 2012 7:23 PM CST
Name: Horseshoe Griffin
Efland, NC (Zone 7a)
And in the end...a happy beginning!
I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar Charter ATP Member Garden Sages Hosted a Not-A-Raffle-Raffle I sent a postcard to Randy! I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
For our friend, Shoe. Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Enjoys or suffers cold winters Birds Permaculture Container Gardener
"creative bean climbing items"...:>)

I'll see what I have taken pics of.

Again, an enjoyable read, worth reading more than once. This will be a great reference for beginners as well as a reminder for us old-timers. (Sheesh, I only look old; feel old some days though!)

Back later.
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Mar 15, 2012 7:24 PM CST
Garden.org Admin
Name: Dave Whitinger
Grapevine, Texas (Zone 8a)
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Thank you! Smiling I was indeed hoping to make something that would be a good primer for beginners who are googling for help on getting started. It seems that there really hasn't been a good tutorial on getting started with veggies.
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Mar 15, 2012 8:55 PM CST
Name: Sandi
Austin, Tx (Zone 8b)
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Beginner here! Took me more than an hour to read this article. Lots of good ideas and great information. I'm glad I can go back for refreshers this summer. Wish I had more than a suburban yard. Those swales look swell! Living on a hill, most of the water goes down to the neighbors.
I should have started earlier in winter planning. Dynamic nutrient accumulators are new to me. I knew about legumes, but dandelions? I don't think I can ever be friends with them. I have tomatoes, carrots, beans, and lettuces planted, so far.
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Mar 16, 2012 4:45 AM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
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GREAT article Dave! Thank you so much!

I enjoyed all the photo's and you answered questions I didn't know I had Thumbs up

You're right - it's just plain FUN, delicious, and good for you!
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Mar 16, 2012 4:51 AM CST
Name: Allison
NJ (Zone 6a)
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loved it Dave.. so much great info!!!.. thanks!!!
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Mar 16, 2012 6:36 AM CST
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"Article" is too trivial a word, Dave.
Wow!
Hurray!
SHOW ME YOUR CRITTERS! I have a critter page over at Cubits. http://cubits.org/crittergarde...
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Mar 16, 2012 7:38 AM CST
Garden.org Admin
Name: Dave Whitinger
Grapevine, Texas (Zone 8a)
Region: Texas Garden Research Contributor Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level
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I'm glad you all liked it! Thumbs up
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Mar 16, 2012 4:55 PM CST
Name: Horseshoe Griffin
Efland, NC (Zone 7a)
And in the end...a happy beginning!
I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar Charter ATP Member Garden Sages Hosted a Not-A-Raffle-Raffle I sent a postcard to Randy! I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
For our friend, Shoe. Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Enjoys or suffers cold winters Birds Permaculture Container Gardener
Vic said, "I enjoyed all the photo's and you answered questions I didn't know I had"

I think the last part of your sentence is one of the signs of a nice tutorial, eh?

Shoe
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Mar 16, 2012 5:19 PM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
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You thought you had heard all my questions, huh Shoe Green Grin!

He always has the answers too, folks Thumbs up
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Mar 16, 2012 6:00 PM CST
Name: Horseshoe Griffin
Efland, NC (Zone 7a)
And in the end...a happy beginning!
I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar Charter ATP Member Garden Sages Hosted a Not-A-Raffle-Raffle I sent a postcard to Randy! I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
For our friend, Shoe. Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Enjoys or suffers cold winters Birds Permaculture Container Gardener
Well, Vic, I might "always have the answers" but you have to wade thru them to see which is truth, which is tall tales! Smiling

Shoe (wonderfully tired; 'twas a good day)
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Mar 16, 2012 6:05 PM CST
Name: Janice
Cape Cod, MA, USA (Zone 7a)
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Loved it! Inspiring, Dave! Hurray! Hurray!
There are two ways to live your life.
One is as though nothing is a miracle.
The other is as though everything is a miracle
- Albert Einstein.
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Mar 19, 2012 8:52 PM CST
Name: Vador
Franklin, TN (Zone 7a)
Great article sir. For a noob Gardener this was a wealth of knowledge. I'm going to have to re-read it now to figure out what forums I need to visit and ask follow up questions. Thank you.
Respectfully,

Vador
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Mar 20, 2012 7:02 AM CST
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Name: Dave Whitinger
Grapevine, Texas (Zone 8a)
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I'm glad it helps you! We have a forum dedicated to veggies here: http://garden.org/forums/view/...
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Jan 12, 2013 9:12 AM CST
Name: Anna
North Texas (Zone 8a)
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There is alot of "food for thought" in planning a garden. Thanks!
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Jan 13, 2013 7:49 PM CST
Name: Anna
North Texas (Zone 8a)
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Dave, do you add mosquito dunks to the standing water?
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Jan 13, 2013 8:04 PM CST
Garden.org Admin
Name: Dave Whitinger
Grapevine, Texas (Zone 8a)
Region: Texas Garden Research Contributor Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level
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Anna, I don't because the standing water doesn't stay above the surface long enough for mosquitoes to breed. The water is always underground within 24 hours. Thumbs up
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Jan 17, 2013 9:48 PM CST
Name: Anna
North Texas (Zone 8a)
Charter ATP Member Clematis I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: Texas Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Garden Ideas: Level 1
WOW! there is a lot of compost isn't there!
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Mar 5, 2014 5:34 PM CST
Name: Horseshoe Griffin
Efland, NC (Zone 7a)
And in the end...a happy beginning!
I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar Charter ATP Member Garden Sages Hosted a Not-A-Raffle-Raffle I sent a postcard to Randy! I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
For our friend, Shoe. Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Enjoys or suffers cold winters Birds Permaculture Container Gardener
I just re-read this article, Dave, and think this is the most perfect time of year for others to do the same.

It won't be long, Folks, til you'll be digging in the dirt, sowing seeds either in-ground or in pots. I hope you refresh yourselves and try to incorporate some of the good ideas and suggestions mentioned in the article.

Shoe (really longing for spring after such a harsh winter!)

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