Kitchen Garden Planner from Gardener’s Supply Company ~ Small Space Gardening

The Gardener’s Supply Company’s online site emailed me this VERY NIFTY interactive KITCHEN GARDEN PLANNER ~ included are the following:

The Tomato Sauce & Salsa Garden

The All American Garden

The Cook's Choice Garden

The High Yield Garden

The Plant It and Leave It Garden

And The Salad Bar Garden

All of these gardens are planned for a 3×6 garden ~ 18 SF of space! You can print out the planting map with information of each of the crops that go with each garden theme.

You can also DESIGN YOUR OWN GARDEN! The grid represents a 3’x6’ raised bed garden with each square equal to 1 sq. ft. When you place a vegetable in the map you’ll see how many plants can be grown in that space.

Step By Step Planting & Care Guide

I have a 6×6 raised garden bed that I think I’ll use the planner for…am especially eyeing the Salsa garden! 🙂

Gardening Supplies ~ Cool Finds

I’m taking a small break from training here at work and was looking at a email sent by The Gardener's Supply Comany online magazine…just thought I’d share a few good ideas and some items I find interesting.

In their last email they have an article on growing a Kitchen Garden in containers by Kathy LaLiberte HOW TO GROW A KITCHEN GARDEN IN CONTAINERS

Best Vegetables for Containers

Potatoes, chard, lettuce, cherry and bush tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, summer squash, Asian greens, pole beans. And don’t forget herbs!

Planting Depth

Here are the minimum soil depths for healthy growth. Keep in mind that you can get by with less depth if you use a Self-Watering Planter.

4-5 inches: chives, lettuce, radishes, other salad greens, basil, coriander
6-7 inches: bush beans, garlic, kohlrabi, onions, Asian greens, peas, mint, thyme
8-9 inches: pole beans, carrots, chard, cucumber, eggplant, fennel, leeks, peppers, spinach, parsley, rosemary
10-12 inches: beets, broccoli, okra, potatoes, sweet corn, summer squash, dill, lemongrass

More useful articles by Kathy LaLiberte, THE INNOVATIVE GARDENER ~ lots of different articles in the following catagories: Spring Gardening, Backyard Habitat, Flower Gardening, Vegatable Gardening, Composting & Soil, Container Gardening, and Weather Protection


BIODEGRADABLE COWPOTS…these transplant pots are made by two dairy farmers in Connecticut…they were trying to figure out an environmentally responsible way to dispose of cow manure. (I’m pretty sure I saw this on DIRTY JOBS with Mike Rowe!!!!)

Completely biodegradable pots transplant directly into garden
Add nutrients to the soil as they degrade
Larger size pot for robust transplants
Roots grow through and take natural fertilizer with them
Eliminates transplant shock
Two sizes, both sold in sets of 12

**** Hee! I was right ~ Mike Rowe of Dirty Jobs DID do a segment on the Cowpots! HERE IT IS!…I just love Mike.


BIOBAG Composting Pail Liners ~ they are made of 100% biodegradable cornstarch, so you can toss the whole thing into your compost bin.


This is a neat bee house ~ MASON BEE HOUSE…here are the instructions on using the house. I guess they aren’t like honey bees in that they don’t use a hive. I’m not even sure if there are those type of bees in the Sparks, NV area…but I do have lots of bees in my yard, as I have Russian Sage and Lavender all over. When I’m weeding near the lavender they always keep me company…not once have I ever been stung and there would be 20 of them flying around me.

****Info I found on Orchard Mason Bees from the Washington State University site. I’m pretty sure I don’t remember seeing a wee blue bee in my yard.

Ok…I have to get back to work now. 😦