Archive for June 20th, 2013

  • The vegetable beds

    • Vegetable beds

    • Onions and beetroot

    • Leeks

    After the creation of the no-dig beds planting up has finally taken place. I’m doing a very simple four year crop rotation on the beds.  The first weekend in June I planted up the potato and roots and onions beds.  My potatoes I have to admit I wasn’t sure if they’d come up as they’d been nestled away in an understairs cupboard for far too long and very straggly tubers needed trimming down when planting out.  Whilst everything else is aiming to do the ‘no-dig’ way, I’ve put these in in a traditional manner and will try the no-dig potato growing method fully next year. On the roots and onions bed I’ve used some veggie-mesh to give the young parsnips some protection whilst they are still young.  I grew these from seed in cardboard tubes at home. During the second weekend of June, I planted up the legume and brassica beds.  Thankfully a neighbour was throwing out some trellis panels, so I’ve upcycled these into a tower for my beans and sweet peas to climb up.

    Bed 1 – Legumes

    • Peas – Deuce Provence
    • Runner Beans – Polestar
    • Courgette
    • Sweetcorn – Lark

    Bed 2 – Brassicas

    • Mixed cabbage (red and green varieties)
    • Lettuce – Oak Leaf – Flashy Butter Oak
    • Lettuce – Cos – Devils Tongue

    Bed 3 – Roots and Onions

    • Leek – Bleu de Solaise
    • Parsnip – Tender & True
    • Onions – Kyoto Market
    • Onions – Ishkura
    • Onion – Red – Brunswick
    • Beetroot – Sanguina

    Bed 4 – Potatoes

    • Potatoes – Oca
    • Potatoes – Anya
    • Potatoes – Pink Fir Apple

    This year I had too much for some beds (sadly the tomatoes now to be grown at home as my beds just aren’t big enough to squeeze them in!), and too little grown for other beds such as the brassicas one, so have added some of the ‘others’ that don’t fit into the normal rotation that fill up spaces – these include – lettuce, sweetcorn and cucurbits like the courgette.

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