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Growing a Vegetable Garden

The Fall Garden in Raised Beds

The fall vegetable garden:  Here are two raised beds 4 ft. x 16 ft. placed end to end giving 32 ft. of growing space.  If you’re going to plant vegetables like tomatoes alongside much shorter vegetables, blocking the sunlight could defiantly be an issue.  These two beds are aligned east to west with the taller vegetables planted on the north side.  Doing it that way I’ve had no problems with one plant shading out the other.

The West Box

The west end box has cauliflower, cabbage, leaf lettuce and broccoli.  The broccoli was planted approx. 1 month after the cauliflower in an attempt to have both ready to harvest at the same time. 



The East Box

The east end box has carrots, mustard green, candy onions, walking onions and tomatoes.  The tomatoes are planted on the north side so they don’t shade the rest of the plants.  This year the tomatoes were spaced 2 ft. apart and in my opinion too close for the heirloom varieties I planted which are Brandywine, Cherokee Purple and Amish Paste.  Next season I’ll probably go with 4 ft. between plants and will not plant the Brandywine again because they didn’t produce enough fruit for the space they took up.  Space in a raised bed is premium and must be managed to get maximum production.  

CarrotsCarrot Plants Mustard Greens Giant curled mustard greens Candy Onions




Hungarian Wax Peppers harvested from the 5 plants.



Summer Straight Neck Squash. I find these are best pick when smaller than a soda can. Cut up in half inch slices, boiled in seasoned water then adding butter is the way I like em. Since I'm the only one who eats em here, one plant at a time is pleny. Right before they start blooming I'll start another. This can be done all summer long.


Decided to let a few of these "Candy" Onions grow until the tops not only fell over but turned brown before harvesting. One of these is plenty to make several rice and gravies. Two heaping 5 gal. buckets was enough to put up 9 one gal. zip lock bags of chopped onions for the freezer. 



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