New gardener Reed Davis chronicles each step, misstep, and big juicy victory as he turns a small patch of soil into a bountiful vegetable garden
In this 10- by 60-ft. garden, small square planter boxes contain low-growing edibles. A long raised bed with a trellis sits against a sun-warmed wall and holds heat-loving and vining crops. Davis keeps a beehive (for pollination), but it’s not essential.
Each 4- by 4-ft. box can accommodate 5 or 6 low-growers. Davis mixes basil, crookneck squash, eggplant, peppers, and zucchini, plus taller tomatoes.
Adding a trellis to a 2- by 24-ft. raised bed allowed Davis to grow vining crops (beans, cucumbers). He puts big crops like artichokes at the side, places low-growers at the front, and adds flowers (such as calendula and marigolds) for color.