Dig It! garden layout
Plant a garden bed of "buried treasure", filled with edible roots and tubers ready to be unearthed at harvest time.

NOTES: A trellis is essential to follow the close spacing recommended here, to let sweet potatoes grow vertically and leave room for other crops. More marigolds could be planted between potatoes for beautiful early season color and to help deter pests; potatoes will eventually overwhelm them. If your potato sets are regular sized potatoes, cut each into 2-4 pieces with several eyes per piece. Plant sets with cut surface down and eyes facing up. Starred crops (*) may be harvested and replanted in same row for an extra crop.

Dig it
  CROP PLANTING DIRECTIONS 
  Carrot * Plant seeds
Sow seed 1" apart, thin to 2"
Plant a double row, with 3" between rows
  Daikon radish *
Plant seeds
Sow seed 2" apart
Plant a double row with 6" between rows
  Beet *
Plant seeds
Sow seed 1" apart, thin to 3"
Plant a double row, with 4" between rows
  Sweet Potato
Use cuttings
10 plants, plant 3-4" deep, 12" apart
  Potato
Use cuttings
10 plants, plant 3-4" deep, 12" apart
 

Marigold

Plant seeds or use transplants
Plant 8" apart, 12 plants in a single row



Arboretum's chosen varieties for 2010

Carrot ‘Vitana'
Carrot ‘Purple Haze'
Daikon radish ‘Discover'
Beet ‘Red Ace'
Sweet potato ‘Beauregarde'
Potato ‘Yukon Gold'
Marigold ‘Lemon Gem'

Many varieties of these vegetables are available locally and will perform well in this region. Varieties chosen by Arboretum gardeners for 2010 Veggies by the Yard garden plantings at the Arboretum are available from Johnny's Seed Company or Territorial Seed Company.