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Planting the 2011 Trial Garden

Tags: holidays, Raised beds, trial garden

planting jalapeno at the Bonnie Plants Trial Garden
We planted jalapeno in the Salsa Garden at the Bonnie Plants Trial Garden.
Pickling Garden at Bonnie Trial Garden
The Pickling Garden includes onions, cucumbers, and peppers.

Spring has sprung! We know you’re busy preparing your garden, and so are we. At the Bonnie Plants Trial Garden in Union Springs, Alabama, we plant most of our varieties of herbs and vegetables, as well as varieties we’re considering selling, so that we know how they perform in the garden. Several plants of each variety are grown in large pots, and throughout the season, we gather data about the height and width of the plants and the weight, size, and amount of the fruit harvested.

This year, in addition to all those containers, we’re planting several raised beds using planting plans that we designed. Each of these planting plans will be available on our website. These are the gardens we’re planting today:

Easy, Tasty Child’s Garden
Fresh & Early Salad Garden
Fresh & Handy Herb Garden
Fresh Tomato & Pesto Garden
Heirloom Tomato Garden
Mediterranean Garden
Pepper Garden
Picking Garden
Pizza Garden
Salsa Garden
Summer Garden

Sounds like a lot to plant, right? Luckily, we have a great gardening staff. We’re working today to make sure the plants get in the soil and well-rooted before the hot summer starts. And we know from experience that it’ll be here soon—even though it’s chilly today, we’ve already had a few 80-degree days!

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