Smart Garden Designs

Getting Your Gardens Done Right!

Vegetable, Fruit, & Herb Gardening

Fruit trees provide food, shade, and beautiful flowers in the spring. There are so many varieties to choose from. Multigraph varieties are a good choice if you have a small space. These trees have different varieties of fruit on the same tree, like the pears in the above picture. Dwarf fruit trees also do well if planted in a half wine barrel, or a very large pot if not in the ground. The picture to the above right is a dwarf nectarine tree. Most varieties of peaches and nectarines are self- fertile. On a standard fruit tree, it is best to keep pruning to a minimum of 12′. With all dormant fruit trees, winter pruning is essential to getting rapid spring growth, produce, and vigor from your trees. Also, winter fertilizing with a 0-10-10 helps restore the phosphorus and potassium into the plants root and bud system for successful new spring growth.


There are a lot of ways to build raised beds for your yard. Most people use redwood and brackets because redwood can endure the weather and the brackets help keep the corners stable from the pressure of soil and water. Raised beds are a great idea for vegetable and fruit planting because you can control the soils, fertilizers, and drainage a lot easier. Raised beds still need turned before spring planting, and mulching is necessary when trying to control soil temperatures and the water retention of the beds.


Spring Vegetable Gardens

Onions, peas, spinach, beets, potatoes, lettuce, carrots, chard, green beans, corn, cucumbers, squash, melons, peppers, tomatoes, okra, pumpkins, rutabaga, garlic.

Fall Vegetable Gardens

Onions, garlic, radish, turnip, carrots, beets, chards, spinach and lettuce, broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus, rhubarb, brussel sprouts, peas, cabbage.

If you need a nice garden planner to keep handy while you are choosing what to put in your spring and fall gardens, you can pick up a Clydes Garden Planner at the Petaluma Seed Bank, or at Pickett’s Nursery here in Santa Rosa or Healdsburg California. To learn more about how to use a good gardening chart see the websites below.

Herb Gardens are an easy way to start gardening. They are easy to grow and grow relatively fast. They soon become an essential element in any garden. A few examples in herb and companion planting is that Chives are a deterrent to pests, as is Borage to the tomato hornworm. Borage also adds nitrogen back in the soil. So, borage is good to plant with your tomatoes. Aside from the many more examples, there is just nothing like having fresh and dried herbs ready for your favorite meals and herbal remedies.

Grape gardening relies heavily on proper pruning. If you buy a grape vine, first thing you want to do when you plant it is stake it down the trunk and focus on training it for at least a year.  Find two main canes off the single trunk and cut everything else off the plant. Then place the two main canes around a kind of wire or trellis that allows roughly 2- 4 feet across and 2-4 feet high, depending on the height of your plant. During the growing season, allow these canes to sprawl out and grow wildly. During late January, around the time you are pruning roses and other dormant fruit trees, prune your grape vines. Cut back all canes just above the buds from your first year plant.

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