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Qinx
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

May 4, 2009
2:35 PM

Post #6501949

Here's a couple pics of our garden (1st year) at our new home!

March 2, 2009 - Covered with snow!

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Qinx
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

May 4, 2009
2:36 PM

Post #6501958

New beginnings...

We are going to do a slightly raised bed. Here's the area.

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Qinx
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

May 4, 2009
2:37 PM

Post #6501962

Our dirt pile yet to be moved...

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Qinx
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

May 4, 2009
2:39 PM

Post #6501974

Preparing the lower soil...

Removed the grass and tilled in some amendments. Still going to add a top layer of better dirt.

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Qinx
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

May 4, 2009
2:40 PM

Post #6501977

More tilling...

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Qinx
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

May 4, 2009
2:41 PM

Post #6501984

The beds are taking shape.,..

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Qinx
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

May 4, 2009
2:42 PM

Post #6501992

The beds are different shape because we wanted it to be visually appealing!

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Qinx
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

May 4, 2009
2:44 PM

Post #6502006

Here's the first go around.

We have plans for:
Asparagus
Strawberries
Tomatoes
Peppers
Squashes
Peas
Beans
Corn
Spinach
Broccoli
Brussel Sprouts
Cucumbers
Melons
Cauliflower
and herbs...

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Qinx
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

May 4, 2009
2:46 PM

Post #6502012

I'm going to trellis quite a few vegetables I hope...

It's April now!

Here's the beginnings of trellis'

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Qinx
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

May 4, 2009
2:47 PM

Post #6502018

Painting the trellis' so they look nice!

The trellis' are supported by 2 - 48" long x 1/2" round rebar driven about 2 feet into the ground.

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Qinx
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

May 4, 2009
2:48 PM

Post #6502027

One of our cats... nothing to do with the garden!

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Qinx
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

May 4, 2009
2:49 PM

Post #6502032

Here's the netting on some of the trellis'

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Qinx
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

May 4, 2009
2:51 PM

Post #6502041

I built this copper frame for out peas and other trellised veggies. Hopefully it will color nicely in time...

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Qinx
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

May 4, 2009
2:52 PM

Post #6502047

Added some color with Marigolds...

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Qinx
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

May 4, 2009
2:54 PM

Post #6502055

Here's the beginning of our herb patch...

I was 1 block short of making it more square so I rounded one of the corners. It really bugs my daughter that it is different from the other beds so I thought I'd leave it that way!

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Qinx
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

May 4, 2009
2:55 PM

Post #6502062

Our Raspberry bush!

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Qinx
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

May 4, 2009
2:56 PM

Post #6502067

And our Blueberry bush...

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Qinx
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

May 4, 2009
2:57 PM

Post #6502072

April 26th! It's way to early to be this hot...

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Qinx
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

May 4, 2009
2:58 PM

Post #6502079

Some of our tomatoes, carrots, beets and parsnips...

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Qinx
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

May 4, 2009
2:59 PM

Post #6502082

Brussel sprouts... grow baby grow!

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Qinx
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

May 4, 2009
2:59 PM

Post #6502085

Our Asparagus and Strawberries...

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Qinx
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

May 4, 2009
3:01 PM

Post #6502094

Peas and Cucumbers... well, the cucumbers went through a freeze and died.. so did some of the tomato plants. So I reseeded the cucumbers and they are doing well now. 4 of the 6 tomato plants survived the freeze and recovered too.

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Qinx
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

May 4, 2009
3:01 PM

Post #6502100

Our Strawberries and a toad house...

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Qinx
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

May 4, 2009
3:03 PM

Post #6502108

Umm.. is 24 zukes, yellow crook/straight necks and butternut too many?

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Qinx
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

May 4, 2009
3:05 PM

Post #6502121

Our little composter... we also have worms inside.

Our family managed to reduce our trash from 2 pickups a week to 1 pickup a week. Our recycling now goes out once every 2-3 weeks instead of every week. The worms eat most everything and the outdoor pile is doing well too.

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Qinx
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

May 4, 2009
3:06 PM

Post #6502131

The Asparagus crowns (1 year olds) sprouted! But to date it appears only 11-12 crowns of the 50 planted have grown... Going to have to figure out if they are growing or if I have to replace the rest.

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Qinx
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

May 4, 2009
3:07 PM

Post #6502134

We added a self-fertile apple tree... Delicious Yellows!

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Qinx
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

May 4, 2009
3:08 PM

Post #6502169

More peas and the new cucumbers are sprouting!

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Qinx
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

May 4, 2009
3:09 PM

Post #6502178

For my birthday my wife bought me some stacking planters!

I managed to get them up in between rain this past weekend.

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Qinx
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

May 4, 2009
3:10 PM

Post #6502181

Corn on the left, beans on the right... We have a mixture of Pole beans, bush beans and yellow wax beans.

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Qinx
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

May 4, 2009
3:11 PM

Post #6502186

Tomatoes are blossoming. About 7 of our 36 plants have blossoms on them!

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Qinx
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

May 4, 2009
3:13 PM

Post #6502193

Serrano pepper blossoms. 3 Blossoms on this plant and two on the Jalapeno plant...

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Qinx
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

May 4, 2009
3:14 PM

Post #6502196

Our peas are blooming too.

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Qinx
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

May 4, 2009
3:15 PM

Post #6502205

Here we're trying potatoes in Smart Pots. Need more coir mix. I ordered coir and more stackers last week. They are supposed to arrive on Tuesday.

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Qinx
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

May 4, 2009
3:20 PM

Post #6502237

So that's our garden this year. We're making adjustments as we go.

Had to replace some plants. Learned our lesson about leggy seedlings too. The soil was bad, so I tilled in amendments and then stacked a 6" raised bed on top of the amended soil.

In addition, we have watermelons, honeydews and cauliflower growing.

Here's a picture of the garden before I setup the smart pots and the stackers!

The berm in the back of the pictures was finally removed by the builder. Unfortunately when it went away, so did our butterfly garden that was growing. So we reseeded the butterfly garden now that the berm is gone. Hopefully it will catch up!

Questions, comments, etc. are welcome!

It's our first garden at our new home

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NatureLover1950
Vicksburg, MS
(Zone 8a)

May 4, 2009
3:23 PM

Post #6502258

Good job Qinx! Now. . .what's fer supper?
Tir_Na_Nog
Houston
United States
(Zone 9b)

May 4, 2009
3:29 PM

Post #6502287

Wow! A lot of work and love for sure! I love your discipline to get this all done! Your recipes will be delish for it!

Curious, what is the gride pattern for on the plants? Will you leave that there until the garden is done? Does it help in some way?

I LOVE how you put nice fencing on the outside of your compost bin to make it attractive to the yard! What a neat idea!
Qinx
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

May 4, 2009
3:39 PM

Post #6502352

Thanks!

The squares are from Square Foot Gardening method. They will remain and I should add a few more so I can truly claim I'm doing square foot gardening. lol It's a more intense way of gardening/spacing plants instead of row gardening. Google "Square Foot Gardening" for more info. I think it took 262 blocks in total to make the spacing all equal around the beds. The blocks are 1 foot wide so they work nicely with the square foot gardening method.

The fencing around the compost pile was leftover plastic from the lattice I cut for the garden grids.


Square foot gardening by Mel Bartholomew - http://www.squarefootgardening.com/

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Qinx
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

May 4, 2009
3:41 PM

Post #6502359

Supper is probably KFC or a pizza... all that work and we'll do takeout.

We can't wait for everything to produce. Depending on how much we get, we will freeze, can and store whatever we have excess of. At least that's the plan as of now.
Tir_Na_Nog
Houston
United States
(Zone 9b)

May 4, 2009
3:51 PM

Post #6502407

Oh yes, I remember now about reading about sq ft gardening by Eliot Coleman! Good methods. I've not had the time or funds to adequately lay my garden yet but I'm beginnging and I can envision it (LOL)...I'm going this time with the lasagna gardening by way of inspiration from this book: http://www.amazon.com/Lasagna-Gardening-Layering-Bountiful-Gardens/dp/0875969623/ref=pd_bbs_4?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1241452059&sr=8-4

Thanks for sharing your garden progress! It is motivating!
NatureLover1950
Vicksburg, MS
(Zone 8a)

May 4, 2009
6:11 PM

Post #6503065

ROFL Qinx! I understand about that KFC! We've been eating buttercrunch lettuce, green onions, and, just recently, fresh new potatoes. I have some beautiful heads of cabbage almost ready. Got lots of tomatoes on my plants (18 of them). I will have squash, green beans, cucumbers, okra and other assorted veggies later. I can and freeze lots of my produce too. It tastes so much better than what you can buy in the stores. I have a good sized orchard and a large blackberry (thornless) patch too. I really enjoy gardening--it's so relaxing. Most of us on here can really appreciate all the work you put into your beautiful garden. I hope everything does well for you.
Jaywhacker
Kerrville, TX

May 4, 2009
10:20 PM

Post #6504169

Lots of work leading to some excellent result. I like that extra "touch" you added here and there.
Qinx
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

May 5, 2009
12:37 PM

Post #6506518

I received 7 more stacking planters and four 5kg blocks of coir yesterday! Didn't have time to get them up though. Will try to get them up on the post tonight when I get home. Will post some detailed pictures of how I put the stacks together.
BocaBob
Boca Raton, FL
(Zone 10a)

May 6, 2009
7:44 AM

Post #6511246

Qinx,

Great looking garden. The best of luck. I dream of having as much space to garden as you !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Bob
Qinx
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

May 6, 2009
10:57 AM

Post #6511401

Thanks Bob!

Just figured that the planting space is 336sq.ft. plus the two stackers (6 each) and two 15 Gal Smart-Pots. Guess that is a little more space than I originally thought.

p.s. Anyone want some Zuke's when they produce? I think I might have an abundance of them.
BocaBob
Boca Raton, FL
(Zone 10a)

May 6, 2009
12:11 PM

Post #6511542

Keep me posted on the Smart Pots. I might carry them if they work good.

locakelly

locakelly
Phoenix, AZ
(Zone 9a)

May 6, 2009
2:33 PM

Post #6512162

Hey, Qinx - I see you are still trying to pawn your zukes off on unsuspecting souls - lol.

Kelly
Qinx
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

May 6, 2009
2:40 PM

Post #6512192

Who, Me?

locakelly

locakelly
Phoenix, AZ
(Zone 9a)

May 6, 2009
2:44 PM

Post #6512212

Yeah, YOU - lol.

BTW - love your set up!! How I wish I had that much space to garden in (wistful longing).

Kelly
Qinx
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

May 6, 2009
3:18 PM

Post #6512356

Thanks!

It's been raining the past 2 days. Haven't been able to finalize the planting. I managed to get my sage and basil transplanted. Planted some green onions too. The watermelons are also transplanted. Hopefully I can train them on the side away from the rest of the garden.

Alas our Aerogarden broke! So I had to take out the herbs from there. I don't think they'll survive, but I placed them in the ground. We'll see if they live. Aerogrow is sending us a new base for out unit.

locakelly

locakelly
Phoenix, AZ
(Zone 9a)

May 6, 2009
4:13 PM

Post #6512588

Ah, rain . . . Is that that wet stuff that falls from the sky? How little of it we have here in the desert. Growing up on the east coast I hated rain - always managed to ruin the day. Now I love it - go figure . . .

I have an Aerogarden as well - love that thing!! When I got ready to start some seeds in it back a few months ago, I took the Basil and Dill out and just stuck them in the garden. Couldn't see just getting rid of them as they were doing so well. Trimmed the long roots and stuck them in a spot with the little plastic thing and all. They are growing like gangbusters, both probably about 1 1/2 ft tall, so just plant 'em and see what happens.
Qinx
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

May 7, 2009
1:05 PM

Post #6516397

Here's our stacking planter additions! 6 high by 6 spaces = 36 planting spots per 22" stack! We've added 2 stacks.

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Qinx
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

May 12, 2009
3:19 PM

Post #6538680

Our stackers have sprouted. I did them on 2 different days. The initial planting of 18 bean seeds has produced 18 bean sprouts! The 2nd planting should sprout Wed/Thu this week I hope. Grow babies! Grow!
BocaBob
Boca Raton, FL
(Zone 10a)

May 12, 2009
11:09 PM

Post #6540704

Go Qinx !!!

Lots of pics please
WeedLady
Weatherford, TX
(Zone 7b)

May 13, 2009
4:49 AM

Post #6541909

LOVE IT!!!! Just got some of ours out today and we are late for our area. We were still out at dark and I told DH he was planting with the moon not by it. I turned on the greenhouse lights so he could see as there was no Moon. LOL what ever it takes he says! Last year all our plants got beat by a large hail storm while still in the flats. It was June 1st and we put out nothing but sticks and had a wonderful veggie garden. Ya just never know what you may get. Makes me say a prayer for Farmers as I would find it hard to make a living at it.
Qinx
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

May 15, 2009
10:54 PM

Post #6553745

May 15 update...

The stackers are in... Most everything is planted...

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Qinx
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

May 15, 2009
10:55 PM

Post #6553749

Look ma! TWINS!

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Qinx
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

May 15, 2009
10:56 PM

Post #6553752

One of many to come I'm sure... did I mention 23 plants?

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Qinx
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

May 15, 2009
10:57 PM

Post #6553758

Our pepper family...

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Qinx
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

May 15, 2009
10:57 PM

Post #6553760

Watermelons! Yummy!

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Qinx
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

May 15, 2009
10:58 PM

Post #6553765

Our latest family addition!

He's quite a dodo!

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Qinx
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

May 15, 2009
10:58 PM

Post #6553768

Our dodo watches the herbs!

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Qinx
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

May 15, 2009
10:59 PM

Post #6553771

We planted Petunias beneath our stackers.

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Qinx
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

May 15, 2009
11:00 PM

Post #6553774

Potatoes have sprouted about 13 days after placing in our smart-pots with coir, perlite and fertilizer.

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Qinx
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

May 15, 2009
11:00 PM

Post #6553775

Stackers - day 1

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Qinx
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

May 15, 2009
11:01 PM

Post #6553780

Stackers - day 8

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Qinx
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

May 15, 2009
11:01 PM

Post #6553782

Stackers - day 11

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Qinx
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

May 15, 2009
11:02 PM

Post #6553785

Stackers - day 13 - Bush Beans/Yellow Wax Beans

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Qinx
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

May 15, 2009
11:03 PM

Post #6553789

Stackers - Day 13 Beans Beans Beans and Petunias

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Qinx
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

May 15, 2009
11:04 PM

Post #6553793

Stackers - Day 13 the top layer.. opps.. 2 sprouted!

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Qinx
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

May 15, 2009
11:11 PM

Post #6553814

A glimmer of pink/red... hope the birds don't find it first!

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Qinx
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

May 15, 2009
11:12 PM

Post #6553816

Carrots...

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Qinx
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

May 15, 2009
11:12 PM

Post #6553818

Beets...

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Qinx
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

May 15, 2009
11:12 PM

Post #6553819

Parsnips...

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Qinx
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

May 15, 2009
11:13 PM

Post #6553825

Brussel sprouts...

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Qinx
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

May 15, 2009
11:13 PM

Post #6553828

Some of our corn... yay...

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Qinx
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

May 15, 2009
11:14 PM

Post #6553830

Our tomato jungle...

We have 9 different confirmed tomatoes growing...

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Jaywhacker
Kerrville, TX

May 16, 2009
2:42 AM

Post #6554614

Great looking garden with all the special little touches. But the stackers...man that really adds pzazz to a garden. :-)
Dorkasaurus
Albuquerque, NM
(Zone 7a)

May 18, 2009
5:56 AM

Post #6563556

Just curious how many corn plants you plan to grow in a single square foot? I only planted 10 corn plants and all 10 have come up but I can't imagine them surviving in approximately 4 square feet. (They are helping fill the void left by some earlier tomato losses) I don't really even like corn that much but my landlords have been encouraging me to expand the garden and I didn't want them to think I wasn't using the additional space so I figured corn would be hard to miss and give the illusion of being a productive gardener.
Qinx
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

May 18, 2009
12:04 PM

Post #6563977

I've planted 2-4 seeds per square foot in a diagonal pattern (opposite corners). I hope it's not too crowded and shouldn't be since the area is so small. There's plenty of air circulation in that bed. Corn is one of those crops that isn't a good return on space utilized, but I wanted to grow some anyways. I made sure I fertilized the area with a slow release organic fertilizer too. The beans are in the same bed since they fix nitrogen into the soil and corn is a heavy nitrogen consumer.

By succession planting 3 sections at 2-3 weeks intervals it's my hope that we a couple weeks of staggered corn harvest.

Here is my layout I'm using. Each square represents 1 square ft. This bed is 4x11. The preview only shows part of the image. To see the whole layout you have to click on it.


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Dorkasaurus
Albuquerque, NM
(Zone 7a)

May 18, 2009
12:21 PM

Post #6564034

Well I guess I'll leave them and see what happens. They are in a lasagna bed and I also added some slow release organic fertilizer when I planted them. There are scarlet runners (beans) growing with them. I realize corn isn't a great return for the space used but I already have a 13 kinds of hot pepper (30 plants), 3 kinds of basil, oregano, cilantro, parsley, onions, carrots, 8 tomato plants, 4 cucumber plants, 2 watermelon plants, 2 squash plants, and about a dozen swiss chard growing. I don't know if that's a lot or a little but I live alone and already feel like it's overkill and didn't know what else to plant, so corn it was! Worst case scenario is it looks tall and green and like I'm doing something in the garden space.
Qinx
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

May 18, 2009
12:41 PM

Post #6564106

That sounds awesome. I've seen others have success with densely planted corn, so there's hope!

locakelly

locakelly
Phoenix, AZ
(Zone 9a)

May 18, 2009
3:39 PM

Post #6564952

I have 4 corn planted per square foot and so far all is well. No overcrowding, but then again I have Golden Bantam planted. They only get to 5' or so. I have ears formed on the earliest planting. As long as there is good air circulation you want to plant the corn fairly closely to ensure good pollination.

Kelly
bucsfan
Pensacola, FL

May 24, 2009
5:06 PM

Post #6591287

Your garden layout is awesome,almost as good as mine lol

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Qinx
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

June 15, 2009
3:58 PM

Post #6690412

Here's updated pics of our garden...

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Qinx
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

June 15, 2009
3:59 PM

Post #6690417

Yellow straight/Crook neck, Butternut and Zukes!

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Qinx
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

June 15, 2009
3:59 PM

Post #6690422

Tomato jungle...

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Qinx
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

June 15, 2009
4:00 PM

Post #6690425

Roma's, Roma's and oh... maybe yellows... they got mixed up!

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Qinx
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

June 15, 2009
4:01 PM

Post #6690429

Tomatoes, tomatoes, everywhere little green tomatoes! Ripen already!

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Qinx
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

June 15, 2009
4:01 PM

Post #6690433

Our asparagus is ferning... 2nd year sprouts. Looking forward to fresh asparagus next year!

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locakelly

locakelly
Phoenix, AZ
(Zone 9a)

June 15, 2009
4:02 PM

Post #6690434

Looking good, Qinx!!
Qinx
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

June 15, 2009
4:02 PM

Post #6690435

Our everbearing strawberries. Yummy sweet!

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Qinx
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

June 15, 2009
4:03 PM

Post #6690440

Peas producing well for us...

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Qinx
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

June 15, 2009
4:03 PM

Post #6690444

Yellow wax beans, pole beans behind them and corn behind that...

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Qinx
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

June 15, 2009
4:04 PM

Post #6690448

Some of our lettuce bolted. You can see our Yukon Gold potatoes in the smart pots behind the lettuce.

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Qinx
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

June 15, 2009
4:05 PM

Post #6690451

Pole beans climbing and flowering. Peppers, squash, watermelon and tomatoes in the distance.

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Qinx
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

June 15, 2009
4:06 PM

Post #6690455

Our taters in smart pots. Started them in about 5 inches of coir and then piled on straw as they grew taller. One of the Yukon's has begun to flower.



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Qinx
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

June 15, 2009
4:07 PM

Post #6690456

Our green bean stackers!

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Qinx
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

June 15, 2009
4:07 PM

Post #6690460

Our garden protector

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Qinx
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

June 15, 2009
4:08 PM

Post #6690465

Herbs and marigolds.

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Qinx
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

June 15, 2009
4:09 PM

Post #6690471

Green onions and Ambrosia Melons... Giant watermelon flower in the upper left. To get the real picture of how big that flower really is, each block is 12" wide!

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Qinx
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

June 15, 2009
4:10 PM

Post #6690473

here's a close up of the 10" blossom!

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Qinx
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

June 15, 2009
4:10 PM

Post #6690476

A female watermelon blossom.

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Qinx
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

June 15, 2009
4:11 PM

Post #6690480

One of our Red Sunflowers starting a bloom.

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Qinx
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

June 15, 2009
4:11 PM

Post #6690483

Did I forget to mention we have squash plants? Lots of them... lol...

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Qinx
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

June 15, 2009
4:12 PM

Post #6690487

Tomatoes! Yumm... lots to can we hope...

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Qinx
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

June 15, 2009
4:13 PM

Post #6690491

We planted three sets (successions) of white sweet corn.

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Qinx
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

June 15, 2009
4:14 PM

Post #6690502

Top left: Ambrosia melons
Bottom left: Honeydew melons
Middle: Carrots
Bottom right: (barely visible) Red Beets

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Qinx
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

June 15, 2009
4:15 PM

Post #6690509

One of our cats.. Melanie, how did you get in here?

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Qinx
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

June 15, 2009
4:19 PM

Post #6690524

So that's our garden so far. We've harvested lots of peas, a couple beans, a few yellow squash and some carrots.

We probably won't get any broccoli and I'm wondering about the cauliflower and brussel sprouts. Bugs kinda took them over and now it's starting to get hot.

Peppers are doing nicely and the tomato plants are almost all full of fruit waiting to ripen.

The compost pile is cooking nicely too.

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darius

darius
So.App.Mtns.
United States
(Zone 5b)

June 15, 2009
4:31 PM

Post #6690582

Looking wonderful! Your gardens are obviously a bit warmer than my area in Virginia...

Q: what are the yellow gizmos holding down string in the photo of "Yellow straight/Crook neck, Butternut and Zukes"?
Qinx
Fredericksburg, VA
(Zone 7a)

June 15, 2009
4:40 PM

Post #6690631

They are tent stakes from Lowe's. The trellis string was kinda flopping around at the bottom just hanging in the frame, so I placed a stake in the middle of each to hold it steady.

darius

darius
So.App.Mtns.
United States
(Zone 5b)

June 15, 2009
4:58 PM

Post #6690725

Cool. I thought they might be tent stakes; didn't know Lowe's carries them. I need hold-down pegs for an extension of my cattle panel arched trellis. Thanks.

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