For reference, the garden I tended last year was a raised bed of 4 ft by 12 ft. It took a fair amount of time, and occasionally I fell behind on harvesting the never-ending green beans and tomatoes. So you can imagine my emotions when I started wading through World War II pamphlets with example garden plans and found the likes of THIS MONSTROUS ONE-BOYSCOUT GARDEN:
Which brings me to my second question:
Take, for example, the plan here. The scale is much more my size -- if anything, verging on too small and too unambitious! (Full disclosure: this 9' x 12' garden plan is meant for city growers with only that much land in their backyards; I do not have this space constraint, and thus would feel doubly guilty scaling down.) Size aside, if I were only planting a mere ten rows of vegetables, there is no way that three of those rows would include radishes (a total of 36'!!!) or that two of them would be devoted to turnips, much as I love a hearty root stew. So this plan was clearly out of the running.
However, there was a third consideration at play...
Representative-ness (for lack of a better term...)
THE (NEARLY) PERFECT SMALL GARDEN PLAN:
- One row of beets (because how much borscht can two people eat?),
- One row of each type of bean (they produce so much!)
- One row of carrots (in part because of my fear of failure with root plants - I can never see what they are doing!)
- And one row of peas (just for manageability, really)
For now, back to nursing my starts and seedlings so they are ready to form rows out in the sun of my 15' x 18.5' planned patch of Victory....