Shannon Hathaway offers some tips with her Raised Gardening expertise.
How Much Can I Plant In My Raised Bed Garden?
The amount you can plant really depends on the size of the raised bed and what you are planting. Once you decide what produce you like to eat and will enjoy the most throughout the summer, you can start mapping out a plan.
Our Doc’s Raised Beds are 4 ft. x 8ft. and can produce a garden that will keep you busy harvesting this summer. However, if you want to grow several varieties of vegetables, you’ll want more than one bed.
How Do I Lay Out My Plants?
Follow a few simple rules when planning your raised bed.
Think of larger vegetables going down to smaller. Tomatoes will likely be your largest and require cages once they really start growing.
Allow for at least 18 inches of space between plants like tomatoes. Zig-zag the tomato plants to provide more airflow.
Peppers will grow tall, but not as tall as tomatoes. Zig-zag the peppers in a similar pattern closer to the front of the bed.
Next, add veggies that will crawl in between the tall plants and spill over the edges of your raised bed. Squash and zucchini are perfect for this. (If you’re on the “zoodle” trend, this is perfect for you!)