Step 6: Planting

So now you are ready to plant, I would recommend giving the soil a good misting over with some water to allow it to be dug into nicely. DO NOT STEP IN THE GARDEN. Compacted soil is bad because it doesn't allow air or fluid flow.

We assumed one plant per foot or so, and just went nuts buying squashes, peppers, tomato, herbs, melons, and cucumbers. I would suggest you be careful of plants that vine out like the melons; they are taking up a ton of ground room now that they have grown in. Research the plants you want and give them some room to grow, that is of course unless you just want a delicious mess in a section of your garden like we do. Down sides to said mess are seen in the next section.

Use a trowel to plant each plant in a hole that is of the depth recommended by the books, or your internet research. Some plants like to be on top of a mound (like cucumbers). Be careful to not compress the dirt with your hands as you dig. Make sure to water A.S.A.P. as well as be quick about the planting. Some roots may be sensitive to light. All of our plants were planted in a hole a couple of inches deeper than their root system and a few inches wider. Watering while planting keeps the soil you are moving the plants into from being too dry in relation to the soil surrounding their roots. This ensures that you do not sap the water away from their roots into the drier dirt, harming your plants.

Additionally, most plants have certain pests that they are commonly affected by; naturally there are other bugs that prey on such critters and yet other plants that attract said bugs. It would be wise to look into what plants may bring beneficial insects into your garden. Predatory wasps in particular are good for squashes and related plants as their larva eat the tiny caterpillars known as leaf miners. Bottom line, research is key to knowing your area and what your plants may be subjected to.

Our Plants

cucumber-burpless, armenian
tomato- "better boy" (hybrid variety), persimmon (heirloom variety)
squash- patty pan, yellow crook neck
melon- honey dew, cantaloupe, pumpkin (planted in another spot outside the bed)
herb- lemon basil(awesomely delicious), cilantro, parsley
peppers-serrano (hotter than jalapeno and good for salsa), sweet yellow

Thanks for this awesome idea it's cheap and simple, I really don't need a fancy raised bed just a plain simple one, the rocks would definitively make it more decorative I'm going to try this method for my vegtable garden if it works well then for a herb garden, also I would buy some plants but grow the rest myself its waaay cheaper, good job! (:
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<p>Thank you for sharing this great <a href="http://www.homeandgardenEasy.com" rel="nofollow">gardening information</a></p> <p>Grtz Albert<br /> <br /> &nbsp;</p>
Oh, and please, if you do buy compost or similar at the store, take care that it's <strong>free of peat</strong>. Why?&nbsp;Read on here (I'm not connected to that organisation or anything, but they explain it much better than I&nbsp;could) <a href="http://www.kew.org/ksheets/peat.html" rel="nofollow">www.kew.org/ksheets/peat.html</a><br /> <br /> Using Peat is Bad! ;-)<br />
On the subject of &quot;what kind of soil do I have?&quot; there's an easy method of finding out at practically no cost:&nbsp;Just take a fairly sized glass jar or other see-through receptable that can be closed, and put a representative mixture of your garden soil in it, filling it about 1/3 full. Fill up with water to the brim, close tightly and shake, so that the soil is well mixed with the water. Then, let stand for one day. As the soil settles, the components (clay, small stones, sand, loam, organic parts)&nbsp;will sink to the bottom, and layers will form according to the heaviness of each component. Then you can see what you have most of and put other stuff in your garden accordingly. Typically, the order of stuff will be:<br /> - stones<br /> - clay<br /> - sand<br /> - loam will dilute in the water, discoloring it, then slowly sink on top of the sand<br /> - humus (organic parts) will swim on top<br /> ---<br /> Another, even easier method is taking some wetted soil into your hand and making a tight fist. Does it form a lump that doesn't break up again when you open your hand? Then clay and loam are in there. Try making a roll like with play dough:&nbsp;The thinner you can make it, the more clay (and less loam) is in the soil. Does it crumble as soon as you open your hands again? Then it's pretty sandy. <br /> ---<br /> There are ways (slow, organic, sustainable) to change almost every kind of soil into another. But bear in mind that the soil you have is typical for your area, so a radical change just to plant something that normally would never grow there is kind of inconsiderate... There are plants for every type of soil and climate!Local gardeners and farmers can tell you which plants grow best where you live!<br />
Nice garden! instructions are clear and materials are affordable. I'm inspired! I want to go outside and start digging. Any pumpkins in your garden? I started a few and too many grew....gotta remove some so the rest can grow more heartily. Want a transplant? or two? Any suggestions on keeping the soil moist for my corn and cucumbers while I go camping? Keep up the good work!!!!
I like it. Its practical and inexpensive, especially when you consider how expensive it is to eat healthy.
Great Work Daniel!
this is something ill have to try!
this is pretty good, it shows beginners how to start a great garden from scratch, nice photos.
thanks a ton, I really wanted to be able to make something where someone who knew pretty much nothing, like myself, could read and learn enough to get things going. I will be adding pictures of the soil and compost I used and may be adding a few more details today as well. I've learned a bunch since beginning that I feel would be helpful for fellow garden newbies. Check back for updates!