How does 46 beds, each measuring 4'x8', filled to capacity with garden goodness? Yummy? Of course. But, boy is it going to be a lot of work as well.
Our garden measures about 70'x 66', with one corner being cut off. That is where the pigs are now, digging to their hearts content. Don's folks will be coming in a couple of weeks and the plan is, weather permitting, to use Don's dad to help build a new fence to enclose a new paddock out on the pasture for them, about 2 acres in size. Then, we can move all those little piggies over to their new home and get to work in the garden.
We will need to level out the ground a bit (pigs aren't that particular about that), build all 46 beds (with 15 of them having an attached trellis), add compost and make sure the ground is sufficiently loosened. Then, we will be putting weed block down in the paths and covering that with mulch. Our first seeds go into the ground on April 4th, so time will be ticking.
Garden planning this year was not for the faint-of-heart. Of course, I fully recognize that this is, in part, due to my inexperience. But, it was several days of plotting, drawing, calculating, and listing. And this is what is on the back of my kitchen door...The long list is my full list of what needs to be started indoors and transplanted and of what needs to be direct-seeded outside, and when. It also lists how many plants are needed and which bed they'll go into. The other is a map of the garden, each bed being numbered. Can you see the 16'x16' greenhouse to the north? The building of that will fit in somewhere between having a baby, weeding and harvesting, and adding onto the house for Don's folks.
Then, I also have a notebook with one page for each bed and a full list of what goes in each bed and a drawing of where things will go. Color-coded, of course. I showed Caleb and all he could stammer out was, "I'm terrified."
That's how I like to keep it.