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Getting ready for spring!

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Getting ready for spring!

I've got seeds either on-hand or ordered for just about everything I'm starting from seed this year. I've been working out what I want to plant, and this is the plan I've come up with for the 72 square feet of my backyard raised beds:

garden plan

Key:

Beets are fast enough (only 2 months) that I figure I can safely interplant them with the squashes.

I also picked up some chamomile seeds yesterday. I like chamomile tea, and it'll help attract pollinators. I have what I intend to be a food forest further back in my yard, past the raised beds, and I think it can go in there, around the berry bushes I intend to plant this spring.

Crops mentioned in this post

chamomile
Matricaria chamomila
Planted 5 times
bell pepper
capsicum annuum
Planted 58 times
butternut squash
Cucurbita moschata
Planted 9 times
Hungarian wax pepper
Capsicum annuum
Planted 1 time
super sweet 100 tomato
Solanum lycopersicum var. cerasiforme
Planted 4 times
yellow summer squash
Cucurbita pepo var. recticollis
Planted 4 times
basil
Ocimum basilicum
Planted 125 times
eggplant
Solanum melongena
Planted 42 times
arugula
Eruca sativa
Planted 44 times
beet
Beta vulgaris
Planted 56 times
cauliflower
Brassica oleracea
Planted 18 times
cucumber
Cucumis sativus
Planted 66 times
cabbage
Brassica oleracea
Planted 25 times
lettuce
Lactuca sativa
Planted 119 times
kale
Brassica oleracea (acephala)
Planted 61 times
onion
Allium cepa
Planted 59 times
garlic
Allium sativum
Planted 52 times
parsley
Petroselinum hortense
Planted 55 times
oregano
Origanum vulgare
Planted 40 times
tomato
Solanum lycopersicum
Planted 208 times
sweet potato
Ipomoea batatas
Planted 10 times
zucchini
Cucurbita pepo.
Planted 64 times

4 comments

Posted by 14thAveGarden on February 25, 2015 at 17:23

Your garden looks exciting! How do you make a map like you did? that seems very helpful..

Posted by maco on February 25, 2015 at 17:30 and edited at February 25, 2015 at 17:30

I used Smart Gardener. It's a freemium service, and I bought the "square foot gardening layout" addon, which gives more options for how you want plant-spacing to work. Some of those square feet have one plant, some have 16. There's a key I didn't screenshot and post that tells me how many I need of everything to fill the areas I've designated. You can either tell it which way is north and your location (because hemispheres and climates) and then have it generate an arrangement for you, or you can drag things around yourself.

I have no idea why my screenshot taken from the print view (because in edit view it's too big to fit on one page) jogs the grid over half-a-square inside the beds.

Posted by mmmel on April 13, 2015 at 08:32

Are you going to allow for crop rotation? Or have you just decided what your first rotation looks like?

Posted by maco on April 13, 2015 at 14:53 and edited at April 13, 2015 at 14:54

This is actually my second year in this garden, so this is rotation number 2. Last year, the tomatoes were in the bed that has cucurbits this year. There were cucurbits in there too, but they were all at the bottom end of the bed, so there's some slight movement shifting them to the top. The sweet potatoes were on the bed that's off to the side, last year. This year, that bed's brassicas.

In the fall, I'll add another bed to the bottom end of each row, and that'll give me a 3-year rotation for the column on the left (nightshade, cucurbits + sweet potato, legumes) which is where the permanent trellises go. I don't know what I'll put in the non-trellised beds for rotating, but I will be adding a second bed so the brassicas can move out of that one next year. At worst, this year's brassica bed goes fallow next year. This is my first year planting brassicas.