Thursday, April 22, 2010
Sunday, April 18, 2010
You can do it little guys!
Sunday, April 11, 2010
Year one: as below
Year two: legumes, onions, potato family, umbellifers, brassicas
Year three: onions, potato family, umbellifers, brassicas, legumes
Year four: potato family, umbellifers, brassicas, legumes, onions
Year five: umbellifers, brassicas, legumes, onions, potato family
Cabbage, Cauliflower, Radish, Swede
Leafy crops need nitrogen-rich soil may need liming
Pea, all beans, Broad, French, Runner
Well-drained but moisture-retentive; non nitrogen-rich
Will fix atmospheric nitrogen in for future crops
Onions, Garlic, Shallots, Leeks
High Organic matter may need liming
High organic matter and nitrogen no lime structure
Suppresses weeds, breaks up soil
Carrot, Parsnip, Parsley, Celery, Florence fennel
Root crops need stone free soil, not freshly manured fine tilth
root crops brake up soil structure
Some plants have very few soil dwelling pest or diseases that they can be planted anywhere within the rotation like cucumbers, endives, fennel, french beans, lettuces, peppers, pumpkins, runner beans, squashes, and sweet corn.
I also found a great list of companion plants from the National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service.
Tomato, Parsley, Basil
Most Vegetables & Herbs
Irish Potato, Cucumber, Corn, Strawberry, Celery, Summer Savory
Corn, Summer Savory, Radish
Onion, Beets, Kohlrabi, Sunflower
Aromatic Herbs, Celery, Beets, Onion Family, Chamomile, Spinach, Chard
Dill, Strawberries, Pole Beans, Tomato
English Pea, Lettuce, Rosemary, Onion Family, Sage, Tomato
Onion & Cabbage Families, Tomato, Bush Beans, Nasturtium
Irish Potato, Beans, English Pea, Pumpkin, Cucumber, Squash
Beans, Corn, English Pea, Sunflowers, Radish
Irish Potato, Aromatic Herbs
Carrot, Radish, Strawberry, Cucumber
Beets, Carrot, Lettuce, Cabbage Family, Summer Savory
Beans, English Peas
Carrots, Radish, Turnip, Cucumber, Corn, Beans
Onion Family, Gladiolus, Irish Potato
Beans, Corn, Cabbage Family, Marigolds, Horseradish
Pumpkin, Squash, Tomato, Cucumber, Sunflower
English Pea, Nasturtium, Lettuce, Cucumber
Strawberry, Faba Bean
Nasturtium, Corn, Marigold
Onion Family, Nasturtium, Marigold, Asparagus, Carrot, Parsley, Cucumber
Irish Potato, Fennel, Cabbage Family
Equipped with all this information, I think I can begin planning out what plants we should grow and how we should start to organize them. Next considerations include what type of garden layout we want. More on the "garden map" or layout next time!
NOTE: I'm not sure if you noticed, but these tables are looking a lot better than my previous tables. I finally found a way to get tables nicely into Blogger!
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
We spent a couple hours cleaning off the brinks and cement from the larger plot area and cleaning the area. We are going to spend time planning for where and what we will grow. I will be sure to share the plan. Here are the "before" images.
We spent a lot of time talking about the soil quality. We were uncertain about the steps with regards to the soil. So, my friend got in touch with his father (who is very experienced with this type of activity). We decided after the consultation to add compost, maybe 5 to 10 bags, and fertilizer. We decided that no added soil is necessary or required.
But we are going to get the soil tested so we know if we need to adjust the pH by adding lime (has to be done before compost is added). Also, knowing the nutrients will tell us how much and which kind of fertilizer to use. We will be getting the test done in DC, you can find the information here.
My friend is getting into it with a book called Worms Eat on My Garbage to learn more about vermiculture.
We are on our way.
Saturday, April 3, 2010
I’ve started some seeds at home and planted my herbs. Here is the rundown on the plants for this season so far:
My apologies for the ugliness of that table. I think its going to help me keep organized though. I couldn't get a table inserted on my blog nicely, so I had to paste it in as an image. Anyway, the seeds are in place and containers by the windowsill. I'll keep you posted as the seeds begin to sprout. As you can see below, Logan and I enjoyed ourselves getting the first seeds started.