Help Planning my Garden

Asked January 28, 2013, 6:29 PM EST

I just moved to a new house and I have a "blank slate" from which to build my garden from. I would like to grow fruit trees, berries, as well as many vegetables. I know that there are some general things like bluberries liking acidic soil etc. and some vegetables that shouldn't be planted next to each other, and that need to be rotated and not planted in teh same place year after year. It all seems a bit overwhelming and I would love for someone to come to my house and give me a "master plan" from which to work from. Do you have any suggestions?

Multnomah County Oregon

1 Response

Thank you for your question to Ask an Expert about your new garden, Unfortunately, we aren't able to make a site-visit to your home, and we cannot recommend specific landscape companies. However, there are abundant resources in the metro area to learn more and connect with other gardeners. Check with local nurseries, also the Hardy Plant Society of Oregon, Home Orchard Society, and city garden clubs. Books specifically about gardening in the Pacific Northwest are easy to find online and through the library system. The Oregon State University Extension Master Gardener program in the Portland area has three county associations, but we also operate as a unit, “Metro Master Gardeners.” You can access our metro MG website here:http://www.metromastergardeners.org/index.php. Check the website for links to events, classes, and information pages. There’s links for demonstration gardens you’ll likely enjoy visiting, such as the Washington and Multnomah County MG Demonstration Gardens. Here are some publications that will help you plan your vegetable garden, as well as provide detailed information about growing tree fruits, blueberries and strawberries. Growing Your Own (all about vegetable gardening)http://ir.library.oregonstate.edu/xmlui/handle/1957/21092 Growing Fruit Trees and Nuts in the Home Orchardhttp://ir.library.oregonstate.edu/xmlui/bitstream/handle/1957/13718/EC%20819.pdf?sequence=1Growing Blueberries in Your Home Gardenhttp://ir.library.oregonstate.edu/xmlui/bitstream/handle/1957/12202/ec1304.pdf?sequence=1Growing Strawberries in Your Home Gardenhttp://ir.library.oregonstate.edu/xmlui/bitstream/handle/1957/18010/ec1307.pdf?sequence=1Good luck with your garden!