This page is our Garden Plans Home Page. It is an index to our pages on different types of gardens, layouts and materials.
We have several plans here for raised bed gardens. Before we get into that, let me explain that we have had a lot of different types of gardens. When I lived at home with my parents, they had a huge fenced garden, no raised beds, just the Texas earth. It was fenced to keep the deer out.
Juanita grew up in Poughkeesie, New York and her father always had a nice garden. The soil was rich and they did very little to maintain their garden, but always had a good crop. Juanita's grandfather lived out in the country and he had a huge garden every year and a grape vinyard. He canned the vegetables, made barrels of pickles, and even made his own grape and watermelon wine.
After we got married, we lived in dry El Paso so we grew our first garden in a small hard plastic kiddie pool on our deck. It did not grow much at all....
It was difficult to get much of anything to grow in El Paso because of the desert conditions, but we had some success with tomatoes and watermelon once we took the plants out of that pool.
In Colorado Springs, we had a big yard and a huge garden, with a big makeshift greenhouse. We grew incredible produce each year. I think it was the best garden we ever had. The climate was just perfect for growing vegetables.
We moved to Marquette, Michigan and our vegetables grew, but the growing season before the cold hits is very short so we did not have as much time as we wanted.
We lived in Danville, Arkansas for one growing season and the garden was okay. The climate was good for growing there.
Back in Texas, we grew more gardens in Leakey, Coleman, and here in San Antonio. Each climate has its problems and benefits. We learned that the garden type that is successful in one area of the country, may not work well at all in another area so you have to experiment and see what works well where you live.
The first one is Home Vegetable Garden Plan where we talk about making a raised garden bed out of tree trunks. It is sort of a cheap and easy way to make a raised garden bed.
We follow this one with Planning Vegetable Garden where I have drawn up plans for a three-tier raised vegetable garden. I had hoped to build this myself but I built a different larger one. I ended up planting strawberries in it and then tulips. It did well for a few seasons and then the strawberries stopped growing so I put in tulips. The heat in Texas is not good for bulbs so they stopped coming back up. I then took the entire garden down.
Then there is Plans For Small Vegetable Gardening where we talk about planning a small home garden. The one thing I learned is I need to plan on moving my garden off the fence line.
There is really no wrong way to set your garden up. There are any number of materials that can be used. Of course using materials that are renewable are the best since they help the environment.
Use your imagination. Visit homes that are for sale during "Open House" for ideas. Go to the library for books on gardens. Check out gardening magazines for garden plans. There are many ideas you can get before putting your garden together.
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