Step By Step Your Garden Grows: Five-Year Kitchen Garden Design Plan

| February/March 2009

  • Gayle Ford
  • Click on our IMAGE GALLERY for more detailed information about what plants and herbs are featured in this kitchen garden.
    Gayle Ford

Year 1:  Lay out first bed, till and amend soil, and surround bed with edging. Plant apple tree to espalier, install trellis at back of bed for pole beans. Plant your garden.

Year 2: Expand the garden by adding a second 3-by-14-foot L section. Install borders and increase vegetable and herb plantings.

Year 3:  Install center raised bed with edging, and gravel (or mulch) pathway between beds. Add a bench where you can rest and reflect with a cup of tea. A garden should provide not only food for the body, but also sustenance for the spirit.

Year 4: Install additional side bed and more gravel or mulch in the pathway.

Year 5:  Install the final bed and construct a bentwood arbor to connect the sides of your garden.

First-Year Plant List

These are my favorite varieties. Although they do well in my Arkansas garden, they might not be the best options for your area. Check with your garden center or extension service. The plants marked with an asterisk are early crops that can be replaced with another crop for fall harvest.

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10/29/2012 4:45:53 PM

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