This is our first year having a garden, and now that we finally finished our garden layout, I thought it’d be fun to do an update!
Long ago, (realistically, it was January but it feels like forever ago), we started building our raised beds. We then spent a good portion of spring filling those beds with dirt.
We finally got the bottom soil in and then topped them with the good garden soil, but before we could start planting, we had to put in fencing. We went with 8 foot fencing to keep the deer out, which is a good thing because less than 24 hours after putting in our fencing, we had deer come check it out!
Our garden is fenced with approximately 162 feet of fencing. It turned out WAY bigger than we anticipated, but actually it will work out for the best because we have room to grow and build more beds.
As far as our garden layout, I can’t get a good aerial shot because our garden is on a hill, so I’m going to do my best drawing at how it’s laid out.
There’s a ton of information on best plants to plant next to and worst plant neighbors, but honestly we were just so happy to be able to plant that we didn’t really look into any of that. I feel like this year is going to be a trial for us to see what we can grow and how well, and as the years go on we’ll make adjustments to our garden layout.
What We Planted
- 3 kinds of tomatoes (brandywine, rainbow red and romas)
- peppers (jalapeno, bell peppers, and pepperoncinis)
- rainbow swiss chard
- pole beans
- 2 kinds of onions
So, we sort of went overboard with the amount of stuff we planted, and we still have more beds we want to build for our garden. We definitely want one specifically for strawberries and one for asparagus.
It feels good to finally have the garden up and running, and I’m excited to grow our own produce this year!