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Plans for Cutting Gardens

Details for two gardens that ensure bouquets from summer to fall

By Kathy LaLiberte
Cutting garden

The cutting garden in mid-July.

Cutting Garden 1

This garden is designed for a 7-foot by 7-foot planting area. Each of the 14 sections measures 1-foot deep and 3-feet wide. In most cases, we put 6 plants in each section (about 2 plants per 1-foot x 1-foot area). The sunflowers were not planted as densely.

Teddy Bear sunflowers and Cupani sweet peas
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Teddy Bear sunflowers and Cupani sweet peas
Double Click cosmos Bishop's lace (Ammi majus)
Buenos Aires verbena (Verbena bonariensis) Blue Horizon ageratum
Feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium 'White Wonder') Clary sage (Salvia viridis)
Berry Basket zinnia Lime Green nicotiana
Polar Bear zinnia Blue Boy bachelor buttons
Giant Fantasy zinnia Lilliput zinnia

Cutting Garden 2

This garden is designed for a 7-foot by 8-foot planting area. As above, each of the 16 sections measures 1-foot deep and 3-feet wide. We planted just one dahlia tuber per square foot.

Who Dun It dahlia
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Who Dun It dahlia
Mixed gladiolus Buenos Aires verbena (Verbena bonariensis)
Berry Basket zinnia Hot Crayon Colors zinnia
Berry Basket zinnia Hot Crayon Colors zinnia
Rocket White snapdragon Lime Green nicotiana
Feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium 'White Wonder') Blue Horizon ageratum
Bishop's lace (Ammi majus) Victoria Blue salvia
Blue Boy bachelor button Clary sage (Salvia viridis)

The designs for these pint-size cutting gardens, employs the same 1 ft. x 1 ft. thinking that we brought to the vegetable garden in our Kitchen Garden Planner. There's nothing special about the dimensions of these two garden designs — these are just the dimensions of the beds we had available in our display gardens here in Burlington, VT. It should be easy to adjust these plans to suit whatever space you have available in your own garden. We allowed for a 1-foot wide path down the center (a section of the 12-inch wide recycled rubber Edge Border worked perfectly).

Most of the garden was planted directly from seed. We planted the seeds as soon as possible after any danger of frost had passed. The flowers that went in as plants were the verbena, ageratum, salvia, snapdragons and feverfew. These plants all grow from tiny seeds, and you may find — as we did — that it's easier to deal with them indoors under lights or in the greenhouse. We planted the dahlias as tubers (before they had begun to sprout) and the glads went in as corms (bulbs).

Feel free to substitute with your own favorite flowers. For other good cutting garden candidates, check out the articles in Related Information, below.

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