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IN THE GARDEN: New book celebrates the history of garden design in the United States

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Here’s what I want Mayor Bowser to say when she launches those wretched streetcars

A D.C. streetcar undergoing a round of safety tests, all the way back in December 2014. (Katherine Frey/The Washington Post)

On Saturday, after nearly a decade of false starts, delays, mismanagement and a comedy of unforced errors, D.C.’s streetcar system is expected to start accepting passengers.

It doesn’t matter how it works out. I hate those streetcars.

In the beginning, I was neutral. The city wants streetcars? Fine. Have at it. But now I have been living with the noise and nonsense of this project since 2009.

I was there when Mayor Vincent Gray stood on H Street Northeast and proudly yapped about the arrival of the cars. I fantasized about letting a jackhammer rip during his speech. (Did you know that you can buy one on eBay for a couple hundred bucks?)

I’ve watched ghost streetcars travel back and forth on H Street, bells blaring, for almost two years — empty except for the drivers. I’ve considered lobbing water balloons at them — the cars, not the conductors. After countless delays, I remain skeptical that any civilian will ever ride one.

Still, on Saturday, city officials will gather to (maybe) inaugurate this project. This is the speech I wish Mayor Muriel Bowser would deliver. . .

“Before I begin to thank ‘stakeholders,’ before I start patting the District’s Department of Transportation on the back for salvaging this terribly mismanaged project, before I start congratulating my team, I would like to apologize to the residents of the city. I will refrain from thanking them for their patience because they did not give it willingly or happily. They had little choice.

“I want to apologize for a project that was delayed and over-budget and lacked hard-and-fast deadlines. I’m sorry for jackhammering the same streets over and over and over. Yes, I know that workers would sometimes pour a new concrete foundation, only to rip it up weeks later. I’m sorry. I apologize that we never made any attempts to mitigate the dust and debris seeping through your windows.

Streetcars are moved around the Car Barn Training Center for testing and repair way back in April 2015. (Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post)

“I’m sorry workers left a cement-curing machine roaring in the street overnight, making it impossible for people to sleep. I’m terribly, terribly sorry for ignoring our own city rules that designate work hours so that we could meet politically imposed deadlines that we ultimately failed to meet.

“I regret that we are so disorganized that we don’t even know how we’re going to collect fares. So we’re going to give you free rides!

“I wasn’t mayor during those early days of the streetcar planning, or when neighbors shared their hopes and dreams (pretty landscaping, a coffee shop!) for the Union Station terminus at a community meeting! But I am sorry that none of those ideas came to pass. I know that what we have created is a truncated streetcar line that is shockingly unattractive in a era when we understand the effect architecture and design have on a community and its people. We had to deal with overzealous regulators, but instead of a thoughtful and considered response, we simply installed multiple layers of mismatched fencing and concrete barriers around the tracks as they cross the H Street bridge. I know that we could have installed something more attractive — concrete planters, for example. I failed you on that.

“I know the streetcar bells are too loud and too plentiful and can be heard from blocks away until the wee hours. I apologize that we have not lowered the volume yet, but I promise that we will.

“I don’t exactly know how we constructed a streetcar system that can’t tolerate leaves or the normal detritus of city streets, but we will stop sending workers with leaf blowers out to clean the tracks in the middle of the night or the pre-dawn hours. I’m so sorry we keep waking people up.

“I’m proud that the promise of the streetcar system sparked development. A lot of wonderful things have happened in this neighborhood. But I still don’t know why we just didn’t increase bus service or extend the Circulator routes. I guess I wasn’t around for that debate.

“This system is not up to this city’s standards. I know that. But I hope people will ride it. And that it will bring some modicum of relief to those folks needing to move from east to west and vice versa down H Street. Yay!”

It will warm my heart to hear her say all of that. But I will still hate the streetcars.

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Resort style in Floreat

The garden is divided into two levels, with a pavilion and pool room overlooking a pool and barbecue area.

After recently renovating their Floreat home, the owners decided it was time to tackle the back garden and called in Denise Staffa from Outside In to completely overhaul the space.

The owners — a busy couple with four primary school-age children and multiple pets — asked Ms Staffa to create, contract and project-manage a resort-style contemporary outdoor living space.

Their wish list included a pool room building that could be used as a gym or spare bedroom with a bathroom with direct access from the pool, an outdoor lounge with gas heating, an outdoor kitchen and dining area and an outdoor shower.

The design retained existing mature palm trees and has a flowing streamlined layout, using lush natural materials including mahogany decking, stone wall-cladding and exposed aggregate flooring.

The flat-roofed pavilion houses a mahogany-decked lounge area as well as a kitchen and dining zone area paved with a combination of Greystone pavers and exposed aggregate.

Ms Staffa said the sloping backyard presented many challenges as the levels were already set and the design had to complement the curved form of the big existing concrete swimming pool.

The backyard is basically on two levels. On one side of the top level is the pool room which is used as a gym. It is big enough to fit a double bed and has an adjoining bathroom. The structure is rendered in neutral colours so it matches the home and has a striking flat roof which extends over the spacious decked lounge area. The mahogany decking is sealed rather than oiled to give maximum durability and was installed by Screenstyle WA.

At one end is the dining and kitchen area, defined by a combination of flooring combining 400mm square Greystone pavers from Fremantle Stone and Acacia exposed aggregate from Holcim. This striking paving combination has also been used around the pool.

LED up-lighting and strip lighting softly illuminates some of the garden’s design features.

A feature stone wall, created using Otway stone cladding from Eco Outdoor in Osborne Park, extends the width of the living space and houses a stainless-steel kitchen with a sink and drinks fridge. The same cladding has been installed above the existing outdoor barbecue on the wall of the home adjoining the pool.

Feature stonework on the front of the pavilion acts as a visual balance to the pool room and a low rendered wall behind acts as a frame for the existing mature golden cane palms. These were originally planted to screen the back and side fences and they add to the backyard’s tropical resort ambience.

The lower area with the pool is on the same level as the home. Both the low wall behind the pool, which adjoins the pavilion, and the planter beds with Canary Island date palms are clad in stone. The stone makes the decked pavilion appear to float above the pool, which had the original tiles removed and replaced with a pool liner.

The decked pavilion appears to float above the pool.

Ms Staffa said one of the biggest design challenges was creating a smooth transition between the two areas.

The clients wanted to keep the three existing Canary Island date palms, grouped in a striking fan shape, which Ms Staffa said provide a sense of maturity and resort luxury to the design.

“Originally, the date palms looked overgrown and very shabby. We had a tree lopper come and do a process called ‘snake skin’, which cleaned up the trunk, and they tidied up all the fronds. This was not cheap but it looks absolutely incredible,” Ms Staffa explained.

Ms Staffa added a soft curve to the deck step, which also serves as a daybed.

The palms and the bed behind are underplanted with the tough but elegant native lomandra Silver Grace which has fine foliage.

“However, I added a soft curve to the deck step on the left hand side, which also serves as a daybed, along with a soft curve to the planter box behind to allow for smooth access into the pool house,” she said.

“By adding the soft curve it tied the design into the pool, as does the slight curve to the decking.”

Three mature Canary Island date palms were retained to dramatic effect.

LED lighting, installed by HZ Grand Electrical, was used to up-light the garden and in strip lighting form was installed under the edge of the deck where it softly illuminates the stone cladding and shows off the design curves.

Construction work was done by Seabreeze Outdoor and LD Total. Ms Staffa project managed the job along with site supervisor Chad Walsh and said that the project created a few challenges.

“The council was the first hurdle,” she said. “Planning approval was rejected and ended up at the council monthly meeting,” Ms Staffa said. “Then the sewer lines and sewer manholes posed set-back issues for alfresco structures and date palms.”

The garden design has a flowing streamlined layout, drawing on natural materials such as stone wall-cladding.

However, she said the pleasing result was due to a well thought-out design created by listening to client needs and lifestyle and good project management.

“An accurate detailed landscape plan is essential,” Ms Staffa said. “It’s all in the planning.”

She said anyone landscaping should consider employing the landscape designer to also oversee construction as he or she could see their way through construction obstacles as they had a thorough understanding of the grand plan.

She said a quality landscape added value to a home and gave the homeowners the opportunity to take pleasure in the time they spent at home.

“The owners had a social event at their home just before Christmas and comfortably entertained 30-50 guests, including all the kids, and enjoyed having loads of space to spread out, sit, dine, relax and swim,” Ms Staffa said.

Outside In, 9450 4922,

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6 best landscaping ideas for your yard

This story is sponsored by KSL Local. Find local services, events, restaurants and much more.

Spring has sprung which means you’re probably surveying your yard and thinking about how to make yours the best on the block. We’re here to help! Here are some of our top 6 favorite ideas created by local landscape contractors.

Does your yard have a slope? This is the perfect example of how to not only prevent soil erosion but also make your yard into a work of art. Salt Lake Sprinkler and Landscape used different sizes of rocks intermixed with drought resistant trees and bushes to get this effect.

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Want a green lawn without an abundance of grass to mow? Why not make your own personal forest? That’s what Salt Lake Sprinkler and Landscape did at this home. Make sure you research the trees you purchase for watering conditions, mature size, etc.

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Late nights around the campfire are what summer memories are made of. Get the experience right in your own backyard with a beautiful built in fire pit with natural rock seating. This feature was designed by Scenic View Landscape.

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Want to add some color and creativity to your yard without taking up a lot of space? This idea from Superior Rockwork and Landscaping is the perfect fit. Three graduated planting areas with a variety of plants. This works also works great for that small scale garden you’ve been meaning to start.

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Make the path to your front door more inviting for visitors with a custom stone pathway flanked by gardens like this example from Hallmark Landscaping. Fill them with colorful flowers, lush bushes or rock features.

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Enjoy your meals and the outdoors with a pergola, stone patio and set of matching patio furniture. This setup was designed by Superior Rockwork and Landscaping.

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Want to make your perfect yard dreams a reality? Choose a landscape contractor from KSL Local! Check reviews, photos, get quotes and more.

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Philadelphia Flower Show gives a preview of spring – Pittsburgh Post

If you think all flower shows are the same, think again. One trip to the annual Philadelphia Flower Show, open from March 5-13, will change that mindset.

Each year, an average of 250,000 visitors file through the Pennsylvania Convention Center, said Alan Jaffe, senior director of communications and media for the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society. This year’s theme is “Explore America: 100 Years of the National Park Service.”

• Saturday, March 5, 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
• Sunday, March 6, 8:00 am – 9:00 pm
• Monday – Friday, March 7-11, 10:00 am – 9:00 pm
• Saturday, March 12, 8:00 am – 9:00 pm
• Sunday, March 13, 8:00 am – 6:00 pm

That means acres of park-inspired displays that suggest Acadia, Cape Cod, Valley Forge, Shenandoah, Yellowstone, Yosemite and others. The entrance will feature “Big Timber Lodge,”  an interpretation of classic park architecture enhanced by Native American-inspired art, sculptures, totems and a waterfall.

Landscaping companies, garden clubs, plant societies and nurseries pull out all the vying for awards given out by PHS. No fake flowers or plants are allowed, which means everything has been forced into bloom specifically for this event. From the smallest bulbs to large trees and shrubs, everything is blooming at the same time, making for a surreal experience.  

Bernadette Kazar of Heidelberg, a Post-Gazette Great Gardens Contest winner, attended her first show several years ago.  She’s been back several times since, and will again make the trip this year with her daughter, Melissa Church.

“Going to the Philly Flower Show, whatever the theme, is magical,” she said. “Coming in from the cold and dreary is like going from a black-and-white photo to a life-size color photo, only in 3-D.”

The show is the nation’s largest and longest-running horticultural event, begun in 1829 by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society. Each year, it introduces the newest plant varieties, garden and design concepts and organic and sustainable practices.  There is also a mammoth indoor marketplace where visitors can buy plants, garden tools, clothing, collectibles and garden services. Almost anything you can think of that is garden-related is there. It’s a short, lovely trip into spring. 

If you go …  

Each ticket to the Philadelphia Flower Show benefits the year-round programs of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, including PHS City Harvest, Philadelphia LandCare, and the Plant One Million campaign.  Membership in PHS includes free tickets to the Flower Show, discounts in the Marketplace and PHS Store, exclusive access to the PHS Members’ Lounge, and avariety of discounts and other year-round benefits.

Information: or 1-215-988-8899. Tickets: adult, $34; student, $22 (ages 17-24 with valid ID); children ages 2-16, $17; children under age 2 get in free.

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Weekend: ‘Property Brothers’ to Appear at Home + Garden Show

PHOTO: “Property Brothers” Jonathan and Drew Scott; photo courtesy of show


The Property Brothers, Jonathan and Drew Scott, will headline this weekend’s CAPITAL REMODEL + GARDEN SHOW at the Dulles Expo Center, along with DIY’s Old Home Love’s Candis and Andy Meredith, organizers said.

More than 375 companies will be on hand to showcase the latest products and services in remodeling, home improvement, gardening, landscaping and home décor, according to a news release from organizers. More than 4,000 square-feet of landscaped gardens highlight the event with five landscapers using water features, gardening accessories, greenery and flowers to create “dream gardens.”

Tickets may be purchased online

CAPITAL REMODEL + GARDEN SHOW: Dulles Expo Center – 4320 Chantilly Shopping Center, Chantilly, VA 20153

Here are the hours:

  • Friday, February 26 10 am – 9 pm
  • Saturday, February 27 10 am – 9 pm
  • Sunday, February 28 10 am – 6 pm

Tickets (single tickets are valid for one day of the show):

Prices are: Adult ticket $10; adult online ticket $7; group tickets (20 or more) $6; children 6-12 $3, children 5 and under FREE

Tickets from the cancelled January Home + Remodel Show will be honored

Show features include:

Jonathan and Drew Scott – Hosts of HGTV’s Property Brothers

Saturday, Feb. 27 at 1 p.m. One appearance only

Jonathan and Drew Scott have become household names in real estate and home renovation through the popularity of their HGTV show Property Brothers. Both brothers are licensed real estate agents, but on the show Drew first scouts fixer-upper homes for his clients and then enlists the help of his twin, Jonathan, a licensed contractor, to expertly overhaul the property. The brothers will share their favorite projects with attendees and offer a question and answer session after their presentation.

Candis and Andy Meredith – Hosts of DIY’s Old Home Love

Friday, Feb. 26, 6 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 27, 12 noon and 4 p.m.

Utah couple Candis and Andy Meredith are on a mission to save as many historic homes as possible. Candis has been restoring homes for 12 years, and her husband, Andy, joined her full-time two years ago. Together they have created their company “Old Home Love”. They have a passion for preserving history and restoring these special houses for new families to enjoy. The show follows them and their 7 children as they restore old homes with a unique type of TLC. Their love of restoration and sharing through social media rewarded their efforts with their own show. Attendees will be able to see their before and after progress and ask the couple about their own restoration projects.

Five ‘Dream Gardens’

Experience 4,000 square feet of “haute horticulture” designed by local landscapers, complete with water features, modern gardening accessories and greenery and flowers. There is every inspiration to create a garden worth envying, organizers say.


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Southern Spring Home & Garden Show returns to Charlotte for 2 weekends

As sure a sign of spring as fresh blooming daffodils peeking through the warming soil, Charlotte’s Southern Spring Home Garden Show opens Friday for a a two-weekend run.

Entering its 56th consecutive year, the show is widely attended by gardeners, homeowners and legions of do-it-yourselfers. Show-goers scour 280,000 square feet of landscaped gardens, home interiors, accessories and boutiques looking for ideas, inspiration and advice on landscaping, building, remodeling, decorating and home reorganization.

This year’s theme is “World of Spring,” emphasizing outdoor living and extending home living space, according to Mardee Woodward, executive show manager with Southern Shows.

There’s also an increased emphasis on area and regional artisans who are exhibiting accessories for the home, both indoors and out.

“We have a large number of artisans and craftspeople such as sculptors, metal workers, potters and mixed-media artists with beautiful accent pieces for the home,” said Woodward.

Another new feature finds the show’s home and garden stages combined into a single large stage in the exhibition hall’s central lobby. The new space focuses on integrating home improvement, landscaping and design with the trend to outdoor living.

Also new this year is a showcase on backyard wooden playsets and play equipment. Representatives from Charlotte Playsets will share expertise on kid-friendly rubber mulch, play equipment, tree houses and trampolines.

“While there are a large number of returning exhibitors, almost half of the show’s 375 exhibitors are appearing for the first time,” said Woodward.

Among the new exhibitors are area boat clubs. Show-goers can learn about these increasingly popular groups that give members access to boat usage through dues and fees without the hassle of owning and maintaining a boat.

Help for DIY projects

Do-it-yourself project help and advice are routinely among the most popular exhibits at the show.

Back this year is the “Ask a Designer” exhibit, where show-goers can receive a free interior design, space planning or color consultation with members of the Interior Design Society of Charlotte. To make the most from these sessions, experts suggest visitors bring room diagrams, measurements and images to share.

Those interested in building, remodeling or home renovation can meet with vendors to get advice and product recommendations on how to do the job right. Bathrooms, kitchens, flooring and outdoor decking are extensively featured at the show.

Always popular are the elaborate gardens and seemingly exhaustive variety of flowers and plants found at the show. Many area garden and nurseries will have plants for sale.

“We’re featuring 18 unique gardens that represent various styles and countries,” said Woodward. “We have special African, Chinese and Japanese gardens.”

For the home cook, look for cooking demonstrations from Willow’s Bistro, Harper’s, Mimosa Grill, Fig Tree, Mama Ricotta’s, The Secret Chocolatier and others.

Celebrity guests

Celebrity guests this year are experts and personalities likely familiar to many Charlotte home and garden enthusiasts.

J. Schwanke, fourth generation florist, author and uBloom website founder, will speak on arranging and enjoying flowers. Nearby South Carolina resident and personality Pearl Fryar will share stories from his wildly creative 3-acre topiary garden at his home in Bishopville.

Sustainable garden enthusiasts should look for Joe Lamp’l. The creator and host of the PBS series “Growing a Greener World” will share stories from some of his most popular episodes.

“My message is for people to go out and experience the joys and wonders of gardening, growing your own food and connecting with the earth,” said Lamp’l. “We have a choice in how we make things grow. I want to share with people how they can garden in a responsible way.”

Southern Spring Home Garden Show

When: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday and March 4, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday and March 5, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday and March 6.

Where: The Park Expo, 800 Briar Creek Road.

Tickets: $9-$11. Seniors $7, Fridays only. Children under 15, free with paying adult.

Parking: $7.

Details: 704- 376-6594,

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Gardening tips from Agromin: Spring gardening begins in March

While spring officially begins March 20, get an early start by preparing your garden and yard now for the upcoming growing season, says Agromin, an Oxnard and Huntington Beach-based manufacturer of earth-friendly compost products made from organic material collected from more than 50 California cities. Residents can obtain Agromin soil products in bulk or in bags at Rainbow Environmental Services (gate seven) in Huntington Beach and in bulk at South Coast Supply in Huntington Beach and Los Alamitos.

Add Plants That Attract Good Bugs: Attract good bugs (ladybugs, lacewings, hoverflies) to your yard by adding plants they love. Plants that appeal to good bugs are yarrow, dill, fennel, marigolds, coriander and buckwheat. The good bugs will eat the bad bugs (such as aphids, ants and whiteflies) that can cause havoc in your garden.

Give Plants And Trees A Nitrogen Boost: Now is the time to give your garden a shot in the arm with nitrogen fertilizer. Plants usually need to be fertilized only once in March at the beginning of the spring growing period and again in September. 

Don’t Give Weeds A Fighting Chance: Because February was unusually warm, the minimal rain that fell prompted weeds to sprout in southern California. Weeds can easily become out of control and much harder to remove as they take root. A natural way to protect gardens from weeds is by using mulch. This top dressing will crowd out weeds before they gain a foothold. Weed first before applying. Mulch at least two to three inches deep around trees, shrubs, flowers and plants. Make sure the mulch does not touch the tree trunks.

Plant Vegetables and Herbs from Seed: After the last chance for frost (around mid-month) and the soil warms, cultivate your vegetable garden soil down about one foot. Mix in organic soil planting amendments. Plant warm-season vegetable seeds including tomatoes, peppers, green beans, cucumbers, squash, eggplant, onion, potatoes, spinach, turnips and corn. It’s also the time to plant herbs from seed such as basil, mint, oregano, parsley and rosemary. You can even still plant cool-season vegetables including broccoli, lettuce, cabbage and kale. Vegetables that can be planted year round are carrots, beets and radishes.

Keep Plants Looking Full By Dividing Perennials: After a few years, perennials tend to form in clumps. These clumps become scraggly and big bare spots form within the plants. To avoid this, divide perennials and place the new plantings in other areas of the yard. When dividing a perennial, make sure you dig deep under a clump so you lift the root system out intact. Remove any portion of the clump that looks dead or diseased. Large clumps can be divided further. Place the divided clumps in holes that fit the root base. Mix in soil amendment and water. This is a cost-efficient way to add to your flower garden.

Keep Your Garden Manageable: It may be tempting to create a sprawling garden filled with all kinds of vegetables. Because of water restrictions projected still to be in place for summer and beyond, consider downsizing your workspace so your garden requires less water. Raised beds are a good option because there is less chance of soil erosion and water runoff.

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Direct-seed lettuce, clip back ground cover: This week’s gardening tips

This week’s gardening tips: Lettuce can be direct seeded into the garden now. Good cultivars include Black Seeded Simpson, Oakleaf, Redsails, Cos Romaine, Buttercrunch and many others. There is still time to plant other greens, such as mustard, collard and turnip.

Clip ground covers back now before new growth appears to remove unattractive foliage, rejuvenate the plants and control size. Liriope, monkey grass, ferns (if browned back by freezes), wedelia, Japanese ardisia and Asiatic jasmine, among others, can be cut back with a lawnmower adjusted to its highest setting (make sure the blade is sharp), a string trimmer or hedge clippers on small plantings. Selectively remove unattractive leaves on aspidistra (cast iron plant) and holly ferns by hand.
Pick snow peas frequently. Ideally the pods should be harvested when flat before the seeds begin to enlarge.

Continue to regularly mow lawns overseeded with annual ryegrass. Warm temperatures and rainfall will make it grow rapidly.

Blooming calla lilies are available in pots at area nurseries this time of the year. The white-flowered Zantedeschia aethiopica is a reliable, long-lived perennial here. Plant calla lilies into beds with morning sun and afternoon shade. They grow well in wet soil and can be used in aquatic gardens and around ponds.

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How many seeds should I plant? How to estimate garden yield


How many seeds should you plant in your garden this year? That depends on the size of the harvest you want or need.

Factors such as your location, the weather, pests, soils and the cultivars planted can affect yield. In addition, what you plant in the spring may not yield the size harvest you were planning for at the end of the summer.

Estimating amount of seed and number of plants

beet seedsThe University of Tennessee Extension offers a guide for the amount of seed or the number of plants to plant for 100-foot rows in it’s “Growing Vegetables in Home Gardens” publication. Also included in the document are yield estimates. If your garden rows are shorter or longer than 100 feet, you can divide or multiply the amount of seed appropriately. For instance, if your garden rows are 25-feet long, they are one-fourth of the length of a 100-foot row.

Multiply the amount of recommended seed or number of plants for a 100-foot row by .25 and you will know how much seed or how many plants to plant for a 25-foot row. Seed packets typically are measured by pounds or ounces. 1 lb. equals 16 ounces, so 1 oz. equals 1/16 lb.


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    ¼ lb. of snap bush bean seed is recommended for a 100-foot row. For a 25-foot row, 1/16 lb. (1 oz.) would be needed. This would yield about 20-30 lbs.

  • 60 sweet pepper plants are recommended for a 100-foot row, so 15 sweet pepper plants would be needed for a 25-foot row (60 x .25 = 15). This would yield about 12.5 to 18.75 lbs.

Each seed packet has information about planting times, proper planting depth, spacing between seeds and days to maturity.

The University of Tennessee Extension’s publication includes this information, but certain cultivars may have different requirements. Pay attention to these details for each seed you plant.

Louisiana State University College of Agriculture shares expected vegetable garden yields based on the amount of seeds planted. The list also includes expected yields for some berries and melons. These estimates are good for gardeners living in the Deep South, but gardeners in other regions may not experience the same yields.

Number of plants per family

Harvest to Table offers advice for how much to plant, depending on the number of individuals in your family. Here are a few popular home garden vegetables and the number of plants to grow per person:

  • Tomatoes: two plants per person
  • Bush beans: one 5-foot row per person
  • Carrots: one 3-foot row per person
  • Lettuce: one 3-foot row per person; sow three times per season

Harvest to Table also describes a method for estimating crop yields in your current year’s garden by measuring a 10-foot section of your garden.

Farm and Dairy’s gardening resources:

Ordering and starting seeds

Planning your garden and keeping records

Pest management

Plant, soil and tool care

Garden types


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