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Vegetable garden placement ?
October 20, 2013
8:13 pm
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lauren
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  1. Hi, We recently purchased a new property and I'm trying to plan where our garden will be next year. There are a few possible locations one of the best I think is near the road since it gets a ton of sun, it's a private road so not too much traffic just the 9 neighbors that live farther up past us. I was wondering if anyone knew if it's ok to put a veg garden near a gravel road. I am worried about the dust coating the plants. Another option is on the creek side it runs the length of the property but the soil seems a bit spongey and I was worried it would be to wet on that side? Any advice would be great :)

October 20, 2013
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Here is a Ariel photo we are highlighted in blue, the whole property is pretty flat sitting in a small hollar except for where the house is, it sits up on a small hill. I want to get some goats and fence a pasture beside the barn for them (the little gray square is the barn) and was thinking a garden would work along the road maybe where the LN of the street name is. I love the property but now am seeing the challenges of a long skinney parcel....

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October 20, 2013
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Actually, a long skinny garden can be a very good thing, easy to get to the rows if you make them very short, or square foot style with little 'blocks' of veggies.  If you make the rows go the long way, the biggest thing you have to worry about are crops like corn if you're going to grow it which should have enough rows to allow for good pollination.  That's one of the few things that it really matters too much though, or at least all I can think of just now.  It's hard to tell how wide the property actually is, but there's nothing to stop you from having the garden be any shape you want it to be.  If the top of the map is north, then the sun is coming up on one long side and going down on the other, and that should work either way.  You'll have to spend some time watching how the sun/shade patterns are so you plan what will be best planted where.

There was a place up the road from us that had a long narrow garden which was a real showpiece so it can work out really well!

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October 21, 2013
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Thanks for getting back with me so quick, what about the gravel road dust? Should I be concerned about it? 

October 21, 2013
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Well, I probably wouldn't unless it's excessive.  It also probably depends on things like the wind direction, amount of traffic, type of traffic... not sure what else really but I think it would have to be really bad.  You really have to wash everything anyway, and a little dust isn't a biggie.  If you have red clay dust which can get really caked on, or if it's so bad it blocks plant pores etc, then yeah, that's not good.  If it comes to that, then moving it as far over as possible is probably best. 

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