A part of vegetable garden in 2007... creative chaos
After a few weeks of calculating what, where and when, I finally came up with a rough(!) vegetable garden plan. I say rough, 'cause I am always ready for changes....
I have eight vegetable beds divided by old brick paths. I made the paths for two reasons: to keep the weeds under control and to be able to walk around in rainy weather. It is not big vegetable garden but it suits my needs. I grow vegetables for immediate consummation and not for winter stock and pickles. I mix cultures and rotate crops. Some vegetables will be sown/planted as early crop, the other follow after I harvest the first one. For years the gardening season stretches out well into Autumn because the weather is warm enough to sow and plant the second crop.
My vegetable list:
1. Pea 'American Wonder' an heirloom variety, early crop. Peas germinate at 5 - 8 °C and can be sown in March. The crop will be ready to harvest by the end of June when the temperatures rises. Sweet peas likes cooler weather. I have already prepared the branches which will be used as climbing support.
2. Brussels Sprout will follow the peas on the same bed. Cabbages and co. are hungry crops and they need fertile soil. Peas is sown as green manure prior to planting Brussels Sprout. I will also use the dead pea stems as mulch for Brussels' Sprouts.
3. Carrot in rows alternate with onion.
4. Spring Onion in rows alternate with carrot. (I buy small bulbs) I plant it consequently every week to prolong cropping period.
5. Lettuce (early and late varieties) sown between the carrots and onion, and on the edges of the beds.
7. Radicchio will be sown in June as late and winter crop.
8. Parsley; sow in June.
9. Red pepper needs sunny spot and a very fertile soil. I will plant Nasturtiums underneath to keep the soil moist. I sow the seeds indoors. Young plants go on site in June.
10. Swiss Chard; sow April and August.
11. Tomatoes are always planted on the same place because they fertilize themselves very well. The seeds will be sown indoors in March. Seedlings go out in May/June.
Vrtlarica (click to see her wonderful gardening blog) and I have exchanged some vegetable seeds. She sent me the following tomato varieties: 'Roma', 'Amish Paste', 'Black Krim', 'Super Marmande' and 'Brandywine Pink'. I will probably buy some more varieties e.g. cherry tomatoes on the market in May.
Tomatoes will be surrounded with celery and Zinnia.
12. Celery. I will plant self blanching variety 'Galaxy' and green 'Victoria'.
13. Celeriac; I will buy the plants on the market.
14. Zucchini (courgettes); tree plants are enough. I will plant them near the climbing bean. Can be sown indoors and then transplanted in the garden for earlier crop.
15. Beetroot, tree rows.
16.Climbing beans. Sowing starts in May because they love warmth. I have 'Dolcio del Metro' variety, with 45 cm long pods ( also known as asparagus bean). I will buy some other varieties with yellow pods. They need support.
17. Dwarf french bean 'Berggold'; this variety has stringless yellow 'pencil' pods.
18. Kohlrabi will be planted all over the garden to fill the gaps.
19. Kale comes as the second crop. Will be sown in May for winter harvest. I have two varieties, 'Dwarf Green Curled' and 'Black Tuscany'. 'Black Tuscany' looks so good that I will probably put a few in the flower borders as well!
20. Potatoes. Since I have no place for them in the garden, I will grow them in the bags. I plan three to four growing bags which need only 2 square meters of place.
Well, that's about it! I also have some perennial vegetables in the garden like rhubarb and asparagus. There are six red currant shrubs at the end of it and, of course, a range of herbs: thyme, rosemary, lovage, oregano, sage, mint, lemon balm... Nasturtiums, Zinnia and Tagetes (marigold) are also mixed with vegetables for protection from nematodes in the ground, flying insects and slugs...
A part of vegetable garden in Spring, 2009.