new garden layout help

MrRogersLVFebruary 18, 2013

Hello, I recently purchased a house (1st time home owner as of November 2012) - the house has a little over 2 acres of land and I have been tossing ideas around in my head for a few weeks trying to come up with the best layout for a vegetable garden.

I have never had a place like this - my last garden was at a rental house and it was on a west facing wall for afternoon shade and was a total of 4'x20' so this is going to be quite a bit larger

I am located in the Middle of Las Vegas, NV so i am a little concerned about the heat of the sun in mid summer and have been trying to figure out the best way(s) to lay out the garden.. N-S, E-W or maybe planting rows of corn in between rows of peppers / tomatoes to create a shade barrier for the plans in the mid to late afternoon.

any advice, trial or knowledge, would be great!

Thank you!

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nancyjane_gardener(Zone 8ish North of San Francisco in the "real" wine country)

I enjoy having mine just outside my sliding door so that in the winter I can just pop out to pick what I need without slogging out in the rain/muck to pick some herbs or greens.
It looks like you have a lot of trees around the house, though.
Maybe an herb garden in that round driveway area? Then have the rest out by the garage or whatever that out building is? Not too far off the driveway if you plan on any winter gardening. Nancy

    Bookmark   February 18, 2013 at 12:10PM
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The advice I usually hear about corn is that it's better to plant in blocks rather than rows, so that they pollinate properly. You might have pollination problems with rows. Maybe N-S trellis rows of tall tomatoes/cucumbers would be better? You could also set up a shade cloth for the hottest part of the day.

Otherwise you might be best off looking for the most heat tolerant veggies you can find. I'm in Texas and our summers, while not quite as bad as Nevada, can be pretty scorching for long periods. Funnily enough, I'm actually trying a lettuce called Nevada this year, along with Jericho, which is a romaine from Israel. Both are supposed to be tolerant of high heat. One of the cucumbers I'm trying is Poona Kheera, an heirloom from India that is supposed to produce well even in high heat. Malabar spinach, a vining plant, is supposed to love heat too.

    Bookmark   February 18, 2013 at 12:55PM
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