By Leslie McWhirter on Thursday, 31 August 2017
Category: Real Life Applications

Using Surfer to evaluate and improve my vegetable garden

With summer rapidly coming to a close, it's time to take stock of what worked well and what didn't for my garden. This is my first experience with gardening, so there's plenty I can improve upon for next season. I used Surfer to create a to-scale plan of what my garden looked like this year:

As you can see, there's a lot of crowding in the top right corner, and a lot of unused space in the lower left corner. In addition to the crowding, there are other factors to consider, such as lighting (there's vegetation on the left side, so the right gets more sunlight), timing (last year I planted everything together on May 20th), and rotation (tomatoes leach the soil, so they need to be moved next year). Using Katie's plots from a previous blog and adjusting for 'late bloomers' like the pepperoncini and the watermelon, I've come up with the following layout and schedule for next year.

 With the ample space this one allows in the lower bed, maybe I'll be able to try my hand at something new next year, like pumpkins and/or raspberries. Either way, Surfer has empowered me to build a better garden next year. Wish me luck!

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