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After about a week after tilling, I begin preparing my rows. (I learned several years ago that it works much better to create short rows rather than long rows.) The way I prepare my rows will usually create three to five wheelbarrow loads of great garden dirt to spread onto any weak spots in my yard.

After about a week after tilling, I begin preparing my rows. (I learned several years ago that it works much better to create short rows rather than long rows.) The way I prepare my rows will usually create three to five wheelbarrow loads of great garden dirt to spread onto any weak spots in my yard.

I set six of the tallest tomato cages per row for my tomatoes for six tomato plants per row (plants about two feet apart).

I set six of the tallest tomato cages per row for my tomatoes for six tomato plants per row (plants about two feet apart).

Backyard Farming: Wide Row a Go Go. Pros and cons of wide row gardening. Should try with the fall lettuce and spinach.

Backyard Farming: Wide Row a Go Go. Pros and cons of wide row gardening. Should try with the fall lettuce and spinach.

The landscape timber border defines the garden space, yet ties the garden into the overall landscape scheme.

The landscape timber border defines the garden space, yet ties the garden into the overall landscape scheme.

The smaller steel posts and smaller cages are used where I'll plant pepper plants. If you look closely, you'll see electric fence wires. I run electric fence wires through the cages and steel posts to provide extra reinforcement for almost all of my plants as they grow and begin to get top-heavy. Cucumber rows each get three steel posts with about eight threaded electric fence wires.

The smaller steel posts and smaller cages are used where I'll plant pepper plants. If you look closely, you'll see electric fence wires. I run electric fence wires through the cages and steel posts to provide extra reinforcement for almost all of my plants as they grow and begin to get top-heavy. Cucumber rows each get three steel posts with about eight threaded electric fence wires.

I'll do the tilling mid to late February, but sometimes it can be March before I can start on the garden. I go down and back, down and back, and then across and back. Within a day or two, I rake the garden flat.

I'll do the tilling mid to late February, but sometimes it can be March before I can start on the garden. I go down and back, down and back, and then across and back. Within a day or two, I rake the garden flat.

Even better idea for a cucumber Trellis.  This way i can make use of the sides of the beds I've already built

Even better idea for a cucumber Trellis. This way i can make use of the sides of the beds I've already built

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