This may be one of my favorite parts of gardening. Planning it all out. I love having a clean slate and a fresh season. I’m trying to adjust my plans this fall based on some things I learned from our spring garden.
- The layout just didn’t work. There wasn’t enough aisle space and I think I’m just too short for a 4 foot wide garden bed. I had a hard time getting around and working in the garden, which meant I didn’t weed as diligently as I should have.
- I just didn’t like the companion planting. It may have been beneficial, but for my personality, I just need it a little more organized to help me keep track of it all. Maybe I’ll get to be a permaculture girl at some point, but for right now, I need a little more order.
- MULCH. The pathways became quickly overrun with grass, and that is just the hardest ‘weed’ for me to deal with. They are rooted in deep, man! So this fall I’m going to be using the deep mulching method for both the garden beds and the pathways.
When I got to sketching out the plans, I was worried I may end up sacrificing some garden square footage to make it more gardener friendly, but I told myself that was ok because less square footage that is better cared for is better then more square footage that is neglected. But to my surprise, this layout actually GAVE me about 40 more square feet of garden space! A total of 103 square feet! Awesome! So here you go, our fall garden plans.
What lessons from spring are you applying to YOUR garden this fall??