Help me lay out my Berry Garden
Hi, I'm new to the forum and would appreciate some help laying out our berry garden. We live in central Virginia.
Long-term, we'd like to use raised beds (due to poor drainage) to plant blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, and grapes.
Short-term, we want to get at least one strawberry bed up ASAP. We have plants to transplant before the winter. However, in deciding exactly where to put it, we kind of need to lay out where the other fruits will go in the future since we won't be moving the strawberries down the road. Ideally, I'd like to map out a plan for the yard and we'll actually build the beds over the next couple years.
The area where we are planting gets sun most of the day, but from the side. Strawberries will need to be closest to the rise and setting of the sun to not be shaded. Other than that, we need help figuring out how to order the rows from closest to the strawberries to furthest from the strawberries.
I have heard here and there that certain berries do not grow well in close proximity (perhaps blackberries and blueberries need to be 50ft apart?). Also, I'm not sure which of these fruits require the most sun, as I suppose it would make sense to order them in that direction away from the strawberries so that the one that requires the least amount of sun is furthest from the strawberries (since they will be somewhat shaded by the other fruit trees).
That's kind of what I'm aiming for, as well as anyone who can provide a link to a source that might make laying out this garden easier (an easy source that lists how far plants should be spaced within a bed, and then also how far each fruit should be spaced from one another, how to prepare beds for each fruit, etc.). I've done lots of research here and there and I probably should start taking notes, but if there's some great site out there that I haven't discovered yet that would make it a little easier, I would appreciate hearing about it.
Thanks in advance for the help!