Tuesday, April 19, 2011

2011 Veggie Plan

Each year we take the time to map out the vegetable patch. Not only does that help keep us on track with what we have space for, but it ensures crop rotation consistently occurs. The primary goal of rotation is to prevent common diseases which can occur when the same or related plants are grown in a bed year after year.
A plan can be very simple.  Grab a notebook, label the top of the page with the year.  On the backside of the left page we list all of the veggies we want to grow. On the right side, front of a page we draw a sketch and box in areas for each plant.   Our map accounts for walkways and through our previous experience we know approximately how many we want to grow and how much space to allot. 
The big bed drawn here is about 18ft x 20ft.  At the top are two apple trees and this year we are reducing our varieties of vegetables due to time constraints by replacing corn and potatoes with strawberries and likely eggplant. 
What size patch do you have?  Comment for ideas with your veggie layout.

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