Sunday, August 15, 2010

Fall Vegetable Garden

We planted our fall plants this weekend. I'm so excited to be growing it all. Lord willing, we'll have broccoli, celery, Brussels sprouts, lettuce, carrots, pumpkins, and next week we'll plant soybeans. Needless to say, I did all this without thought to crop rotation. While I'll probably be OK planting some of the same things in the same plot next year, I'll really have to put some thought into where everything will go next time. Bugs and disease build up around plants it like and if you keep the same plant there year round, they can grow out of control. Also, you'll likely deplete certain nutrients that the plant needs from the soil that way. So, being overly excited about the fresh food and money we'll be saving, I planned out our three year rotation. That should be enough for us. As of right now, we only have three places where we can plant. Between the mailboxes, we created a flower garden. We'll still keep the front row flowering for appearance sake but behind that we're going to start planting food. Next, we have a crop circle that we laid out with extra bricks we found. That can hold some of the larger plants such as our peppers, beans, and corn. Finally, we have a small space in front of our cars on the wall. That is raised up so we can't really go too crazy there. It just wouldn't look right. We'll mix in some plants between the flowering ground cover we planted.

Here is our proposed rotation. If you're a farmer or know something about all this stuff, let me know if you think this will work.

Year 1:
Wall - Lettuce
Circle - asparagus, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, tomato, Artichoke (center)
Mailbox - Onion, Garlic, leek, shallot, chive, carrot, celery, melons
potted - bell pepper, strawberry, spinach

Year 2:
Wall - parsley, oregano, cilantro
Circle - asparagus, bell pepper, tomato, Soy plant, corn (center)
Mailbox - artichoke, lettuce, broccoli, Brussels sprouts
potted - strawberry, spinach

Year 3:
Wall - Onion, Garlic, chive, etc.
Circle - asparagus, watermelon, summer squash, cucumber, zucchini, soy (center)
Mailbox - tomato, bell pepper, eggplant, sweet/Irish potato
potted - strawberry, spinach, spices

Also, we have a cherry tree and a peach tree that will hopefully bear next year or the following. We plan to pick up a couple of apple trees as well.

Along the house, we'll likely plant a few bushes as well. We were thinking of doing rosemary, lavender, cranberry, and blueberry bushes. I hear cranberry bushes are hard to find so if you have one and you can get me a cutting, let me know.

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