23 Sep 2013

Rotational Veggie Planting Guide

My Growing Veggie patch
You may remember my post I did a while back on Companion planting guide for my veggie patch.  I basically have to vegetable gardens now.  A fenced in enclosed one, away from the prying taste buds of the indigenous wildlife as well, as the horses and chickens.  And then I have a ramble one.

In the Ramble one: 
I plant ramble things, like butternut, pumpkin, and the shrubs like bay leaf, mulberry, paw-paws, an avo tree, bananas, etc.   All those biggish things, which I try keep to a reasonable manageable size.
Here I practice a companion planting mechanism where I try plant things that compliment each other with each other.
Veggie boxes done - Before planting.
In the fenced in one:
Goes the rest of the veggies.  Here I have made things a little more formal with boxed in beds.  And little pathways.   The veggies I would really would prefer not sharing with all the animals I grow in here.  Here I shall be practicing crop rotation.  As you can only really grow one type of vegetable in one spot for a while before it depletes the soil of all the nutrients it needs.
I love utilizing old wheelbarrows
The little pathways:
Are made from home-made concrete squares.  I have planted, strawberries, marjoram, and mint between the stepping stones.  The marjoran and mint will keep insects and ants away,  As for the strawberries ... well.. you just can't have enough strawberries - yummy!

The Veggie Boxes:
I have found that growing in boxes or wheelbarrows is a great way of keeping that compost exactly where you want it, otherwise it just seems to mingle and disappear into the sand.
My boxes I layered:
*at the bottom I put a layer of old cardboard boxes - make sure they have no plastic or anything like that on them
* the next layer was a layer of racked up leaves and smallish sticks.
* followed by a layer of horse manure collected from the farm
* and lastly a nice thick layer of compost.

So here's my plan:

The Tomato variety Boxes
Follow with beetroot or a brassica

The Pepper variety Boxes
Follow with a brassica

The Eggplant (Brinjal) Box
Follow with a brassica

The Celery box
Follow with a brassica

The Carrot Box
Follow with tomatoes, beans, peppers, peas or eggplant

The Beetroot Box
Follow with tomatoes, beans, peppers, peas or eggplant

The Radish Box
Follow with tomatoes, peppers, peas or eggplant 

The Brassica variety boxes
Follow with carrots, beetroot, tomatoes, beans, peppers, peas or eggplant

The Potato box
Follow with carrots, beetroot, beans, peas or a brassica

The Lettuce Variety boxes
Follow with carrots or beetroot

The Allium Variety boxes
Follow with a brassica or beetroot

Strawberries in a wheelbarrow
Tips and Suggestions
*  Brassica Family refers to:  Broccoli / Brussel Sprouts / Cabbage/ Cauliflower / Kale / Mustard / Turnips
*  Allium family refers to: Chives, garlic, leeks, onion, spring onion
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  1. I love the idea about the wheelbarrow. I have raised beds for my veggies and I rotate them every year.

    1. Old broken wheelbarrows look like such fun in a garden. Just remember to poke a few holes in the bottom to let the water drain out.

  2. Your garden is beautiful!!! I am so loving those paths between your boxes!!! SO very happy you found me so that now I can follow along with you on your journey!!!! Nicole

  3. It was really neat reading this - I've always wanted to grow a garden but know absolutely nothing about it ha ha. I usually kill anything I plant, but I grew a sunflower this year! (It was a HUGE accomplishment ha ha)

    1. It is a wonderful feeling utilizing the produce from your own garden.

  4. I love your gardens, all of it! I just converted mine to boxes from rows. I am doing companion planting, now I need to do rotating. I am glad to see your blog. I might steal your wheel barrel idea also.

    1. Thank-you. I love planting in old wheelbarrows. They also have the added advantage of being able to wheel them wherever you want them.

  5. You did the painting in your header? It's absolutely gorgeous!

  6. Thank you for sharing at Tuesdays with a Twist! We're live again this week. Come on over and share what you've been working on!

  7. It looks great. I like the wheel barrow planter. Thanks for sharing with us at The HomeAcre Hop!

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  8. Great idea to use the wheelbarrows as raised beds for folks who can't bend over. Wonderful advice!

  9. Love how you've used the wheelbarrows!

  10. Hi! Linking up with Yesterfood Let's Get Social. I'm a new follower. Love your blog and hope you'll return the favor! Grace Grits and Gardening

    1. Thanks for the follow, and yes, I am following you back. You have a lovely blog with very similar interests to my own.

    2. Thanks for the follow, and yes, I am following you back. You have a lovely blog with very similar interests to my own.

  11. Stunning stunning stunning. Its coming along so nicely.


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