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Posted by resalesally 6B ( on
Mon, Dec 26, 11 at 19:14

I am about to convert a lunge ring into a garden. It is about 120 feet in circumference. My plan is to divide it into 4 quadrants with a circular path dividing two larger beds, per quarter. The total beds will be 8. I will most likely cover the area with cardboard before putting horse manure on top. I will mulch the paths with bark. I plan on putting potatoes, squash and corn out there, as well as other sprwalers. Any suggestions?

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RE: new garden

Hi, Sally--

I had to look up "lunge ring" to find out what sort of enclosure you were writing about. OK, a sort of paddock for horses. What I coudn't figure out is the size: 120 feet in circumference is about 35 ft. in diameter. Is that what you mean?

That's about the size of my fenced kitchen garden, 35 x 30. My suggestions, but obvious to you, I'm sure: shorter plants to the south side, climbers on the north side. Make the paths wide enough for your biggest wheelbarrow. Put in a few edible flowers such as nasturtiums and borage, and salad fixings (lettuces, radishes etc.) around the edges.

Good luck!

RE: new garden

Hi Sally, I'd recommend the smaller size bark for your paths, the large bark chips are awful to walk on. Plus the smaller chips break down into nice dark earth in about 2 years and can be shoveled into your beds before you replace it with fresh chips.

It sounds like a beautiful garden space, being round like that. I agree with Carol, you want it to be utilitarian but also has to be pretty to appease your inner gardener, so include flowers. If you add a few just for beauty purposes, you can use the potager for a cutting garden as well. In a space that large you should have plenty of room.

RE: new garden

I fence the area in for my chickens....will have to find a different place for the sprawlers :)

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