Jim’s Garden Adventure 2017 Chapter 2 “Vegetable Garden Layout And Planting”


Did The Vegetable Garden Layout – Then Got Them Planted

Here it is…the end of April.  It’s been a little over two weeks since I put most of my veggies in the backyard garden based on my vegetable garden layout.  This year, I used the inside perimeter of the garden fence to support my tomatoes and, I added two trellises for my cucumbers and green beans to climb on.

green bean trellis, cucumber trellis, sprinkler

At this point, I am still using a sprinkler to water the garden.  It’s a big waste of water but, I want the plants to grow a bit more before laying down all the soaker hoses and adding mulch.  This year, I plan on mulching with newspapers, leaves, and wood chips.  In the meantime, I will get out either my electric or gas tiller, or my hula hoe or push-pull hoe to attack the relentless onslaught of weeds!

I was so busy germinating, transplanting, and hardening off my vegetables and flowers that I didn’t have a chance to start my herbs from seed.  So, I bought some healthy herb plants at the local garden store.

Basil in a container pot.

Catnip in a container pot.

Coriander in a container pot.






Lavender in a container pot.

Oregano in a container pot.






The herbs I bought this year were basil, catnip, coriander, lavender, and oregano.  They will repel a number of pests and attract bees and other predatory insects.

Nasturtiums in a container pot.

Garden space was also set aside for a few marigolds, nasturtiums, and petunias.  These flowers are beautiful and, they are very adept at shooing away nasty creepy-crawlies and providing a welcoming atmosphere for the good insects.

I used plastic buckets for the herbs.  After drilling holes in the bottoms, I layered in some rocks and sand…and topped it off with a 50/50 mixture of garden dirt and potting mix with a few tablespoons of 10-10-10 fertilizer.  I’m sure the herbs will appreciate their new comfortable bucket homes.

Now…you may ask…what is my reason for putting the herbs in buckets?  My answer…they may flower, re-seed, and re-grow…year after year.  In the winter, I bring them indoors for protection and, in the spring, they go back into the garden.  I can also move them out of the way during the growing season whenever I need to till an area of the garden.


The Vegetables Are In Good health

The corn, cucumbers, bell peppers, green beans, lettuce, okra, squash, and tomatoes are beginning to adjust to their outdoor garden home.

Corn seedlings in Jim's garden.

Cucumber seedling in Jim's garden.

Bell Pepper seedling in Jim's garden.






Okra seedling in Jim's garden.

Zucchini Squash seedling in Jim's garden.

Tomato plant in Jim's garden.





In a few weeks, when the corn is bigger, I will combine them with green beans and squash so I can utilize The Three Sisters technique.


Still a lot of work to do…

The next garden update will be coming soon!

Take a look at Jim’s Garden Adventure 2017 Chapter 3 “The Days of Cryin’ Soaker Hoses”

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The philosopher who said work well done never needs doing over…NEVER weeded a garden.

Ray D. Everson, journalist, writer, and educator



What are you plantin’ this year?  Are you seeding directly…or, did you go through the germination process?  I can’t wait to hear from you in the comments or by email: jim@perfect-vegetable-garden.com.


Jim, the Lifelong Gardener



2 thoughts on “Jim’s Garden Adventure 2017 Chapter 2 “Vegetable Garden Layout And Planting”

  1. GBIG Reply

    Hi Jim, thanks for creating such a great website. This has inspired me to start my own veggie garden at home. I can’t believe how few weeds you seem to have! You make the whole thing look really simple. You have a fence up already. Do you have rabbits where you are?

    • Jim Post authorReply

      I am happy that I have motivated you to begin your own backyard garden adventure. Gardening is never simple. But, it gets easier over the years…after picking up a few tricks and shortcuts.


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