It’s the beginning of March which means it’s time to start planting! Whether we are seeding transplants inside or seeding cool weather crops outside it takes a lot of planning and coordination to get it right. Without taking the time to decide what vegetables are popular, how to do the best crop rotation while laying out the garden plan, taking sun and shade requirements in consideration, we might not successfully get the yield we need. So planning it extremely important!
We also need to complete an inventory of seed, tunnel covers, weed block, drip tape and compost to see what we may need to purchase. Last year the tunnel covers took a beating with all the hail, wind and snow storms so that is the essential investment this year. Everything else is in pretty good shape and can be reused!
We have plans to grow all the items we grew last year plus a couple new items. We received a sample of purple kholirabi seed that we will try out. If they don’t sell well that’s okay. It was free and something fun to try.
Since we keep increasing the variety, we are growing fewer of each item and now mixing rows with different vegetables. Companion planting was successful last year so we plan to do even more this year.
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We finally have the final Garden Plan for the 2020 season!
This picture is our West Plot. We have reduced the number of rows and combined items within the rows to take advantage of companion planting such as Basil between the Tomatoes which is known to deter pests.
We will have a bigger variety of vegetables with a number of herbs and flowers mixed in to assist in pest control and theoretically increase yields. For instance, Radishes among Cucumbers is said to increase Cucumber yields. Dill by Broccoli deters Cabbage Beetle and Cilantro is peppered in the lettuce and other rows and considered a yield increaser.
We’ve also decided to try our hand at going vertical. Hog panels will be lining the Cucumber section so we can hopefully pull the cucumbers hanging from the panel instead of stepping over piles of vines on the ground. This should reduce plant damage and result in cleaner Cucumbers.
We are also going vertical with Luffa. We successfully grew a Luffa last year in our test plot so are undertaking tall arched hog panels that will be high enough to walk under! A little fun having squash hanging overhead.
The East Plot was the Pumpkin patch last year which will be expanded with multiple squash types and 2 rows to test our ability to grow Watermelon and Cantelope. We will also add Sunflowers to this area which are considered a good cover crop.