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One of the most common tips for planning a garden (and being successful) is determining how much sunlight your garden space will get. If you’re like us, you have a limited amount of good sunny spots for growing plants like tomatoes and peppers that need lots and lots of sun to thrive.

Our house faces north, and our gardens are around the detached garage — some on the east side and some on the south side. It’s not perfectly aligned to the compass but pretty much accurate. We also have lots of trees in our yard and in surrounding yards, which make a difference in how much sunlight each spot will get during the day.

The gallery below shows how much of a difference sunlight makes to how big plants get. It’s of the hostas we have planted in almost all of our regular garden beds. Time of day and which type of sun (morning, afternoon, etc), as well as where they are planted are noted in the captions.


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Meera, left, and Rajah.

Meera, left, and Rajah.

These two adorable creatures were the inspiration for adding more growing space to our garden. As you can probably imagine, having two cats means we go through quite a bit of cat litter.

When the containers were empty, they started to pile up in our laundry room. We planned to recycle them but kept forgetting to take them out. Now I’m glad we were so forgetful. These have come in pretty hand and allowed us to plant even more.

To start, we washed out each container and drilled a bunch of holes in the bottom. Then we filled it about 2/3 of the way with shredded leaves (which we never have a shortage of each year) and added topsoil and compost to each. The leaves help use less dirt and compact a bit to help provide some extra drainage.

They're not pretty, but they work.

They’re not pretty, but they work.

I admit, the bright yellow is tacky and next year I plan to paint them a more neutral color. They’re perfect for plants that need more space or a deep area to grow. We have tomato plants in two of them, squash and zucchini in two more, and two pepper plants in others. Another added benefit is you can move the plants around based on sun or shade needs.

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I just saw this chart on The Ungardener blog. It’s a wonderful tool to help identify possible problems with your plants. Will definitely keep this on hand for next season.

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nutrient garden problems

I just LOVE little action packed charts like this one!  Thanks to www.thefreerangelife.com for this great chart of Nutrient Deficiencies in the Garden.  I will be paying close attention to it both in my red clay Virginia and rocky mountain Pennsylvania yards.


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It’s been about a month since everything was planted and so far, so good. Except for a few plants providing dinner for the deer, our vegetables are looking healthy and (fingers crossed) pest/disease free.

I’m not quite sure I stuck with our planting plan for each bed. For the most part, it’s right, but I made some adjustments. Here’s what we have, starting from back bed at the left of the garage.


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