GeekDad Puzzle of the Week – Efficient Gardening

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This past weekend, we decided that we would take part of our yard at home, and start a small garden. Here is how the front yard look so far:

Our first 6x6'  square of potential vegetables!
Our first 6×6′ square of potential vegetables!

Well, that’s what we decided at first, but now the current plans are to pretty much take over the front yard with as much gardening square footage as we can. This, of course, lead to a question that is leading to this week’s GeekDad Puzzle of the Week:

For our front yard, let’s assume the usable area is 50′ x 100′, and that for the purposes of this discussion, the walls of the raised beds are negligibly thin (or at least not counted.) If my wife and I can bend over to lean in and weed at most 3′ into a bed, and that the space between beds needs to be at least 2′ to fit a wheel barrow, what is the most efficient plan or diagram to fill our front yard with as much garden as possible?

This week’s winner will be drawn at random from all correct (or at least reasonably well-reasoned) responses, and the prize is a $50 Gift Certificate from the team over at ThinkGeek. Please send in your response to GeekDad Central by next Sunday evening.

Good luck, and happy puzzling!

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