I’ve spent the winter creating and revising my garden plan, and I’m getting pretty happy with it. I’ve read up on crop rotation and companion planting and plant families – there’s lots of contradictory advice out there!
I’m going to try square foot planting in four 2.4x1m raised wicking worm beds, although the exact spacings and numbers I’ll play by ear a bit. This year will be all about experimenting. I also have to do some thinking about sun and trellises, so they don’t shade things.
Bed 1: Solanacae
- Tomato (I’ll talk more about specific varieties in future posts)
Bed 2: Cucurbits, umbelliferae & sweet potatoes
- rockmelon (the melons will ramble down over the lawn)
- sweet potato
Bed 3: Brassicas and lettuces
- Brussells sprouts
Bed 4: Beets and beans
In winter, some crops will change. Bed 1 will fill with alliums, Bed 2 will get a green manure crop and Bed 4’s beans will become peas. Then everything is rotated in Year 2.
To plan my garden I used the GardenPlan app for iPad from Growveg.com, which is a really awesome way to plan a garden. It has lots of useful crop rotation tools – I just wish there was a southern hemisphere setting for the month-by-month plans!