Vege Bed Plan 2013
Post harvest notes
- Part sun in winter has delayed harvest times by about 2-4 weeks.
- Next year, protect leafy greens from Cabbage White butterfly with netting.
- Plant root vegetables and spinach in full sun during winter.
Beds 1 & 2
Planted Early March: Green manure – Mustard & clover (Dalkeith and Trikkala).
Turn mustard into soil just prior to flowers forming. Clover can be left of top, parted and seedlings (not seeds) planted in mounds of compost or soil.
Planted (B2) 2nd – 14th May: Snow peas
Starting harvest dates (approx): mid August
Bed 2nd – 25th May – Mustard shading out clover. Have cut to soil level and covered with soil. Have left mustard in B1 to attract Cabbage white butterfly away from cabbage and for eating.
Planted 4 April: Snow peas, carrots, beets, radish, coriander & parsley | 14 May: Radish & beets
Starting harvest dates (approx): Snow peas: early July | Leeks: mid July | Carrots: mid June | Beets: early June | Radish: mid May
Installed trellis for citrus.
Planted 30 March (all), 26 April: Peas & carrots
Starting harvest dates (approx): Carrots: mid May | Beets: mid May | Lettuce: early June | Peas: early July
Notes: Much of the bed is getting a lot of winter shade. only about 3 hours of sun.
Preparation: Have covered grass with Rooster booster green garden clippings and spent coffee grounds then newspaper and black plastic to kill grass and improve organic matter. Topped with commercial vegi-mix soil from Engadine Sand and Soil.
Planted 4 April (all), 26 April: Silverbeet, chinese cabbage, english spinach
Preparation: Have killed grass with newspaper, laid pavers over paper and planted step-over herbs around edges to attract beneficials and deter pests.
Planted: Pennyroyal, Creeping Camomile, Orange Thyme, Chives, Spring Onions
Planted on left edge, 20 March: Garlic. 1st sprout 5th April.
Starting harvest date: September / October.
Pests & disease
Fruit fly: Monitor from August and protect fruit asap. Crops affected this year – nectarines, tomatoes, capsicum. Although all fruiting crops can be affected, I found zucchini and cucumber and corn were not. Tomatoes were not stung after bagging. Mangoes and rockmelons also bagged. It was too late to bag the nectarines and I lost the entire crop. Capsicums were particularly affected. Next year, do not plant mini capsicums as they are too hard to bag or net entire crop and shake bushes daily to pollinate flowers.
Mice: Check perimetre for entry points and block and bait as needed or a regular basis (maybe every month or two? just to make sure).
Powdery mildew & wilt: Spray all cucurbits with preventative fungicide spray. Alternating between types. Switch to Potassium Bicarbonate at first sign of powdery mildew. Watermelons caught disease (possibly wilt) avoid planting cucurbits in same bed for a few seasons.
Spider mites: on Ground cherry: Watch for red spider mites and lace bug. Treat early.
Rust: Rust on beans. Spray with Mancozeb fortnightly prior to fruiting. Do not plant beans in bed 2 or 4 next summer.
Crop rotation info: Following on from legumes (clover). Originally poor soil. Could do with further improvement.
Planted seedlings sown in 1st August– Watermelon – Blacktail mountain.
4 melons per plant. Plant new seed at beginning of each month.
Rest melons in amongst young blueberry bushes or on pool edging.
Watermelons succumbed to disease. Do not plant anything from cucurbit family for a few seasons.
Planted seeds direct in December – Beans – Greenfeast
Starting harvest dates (approx): Early October (75 days)
Planted seedlings November: Marigold
Crop rotation info: Following on from legumes (clover). Plant green leafy veg.
Planted from seedlings sown 1st August: Tomatoes – Wild Sweetie, Tigerella, Brown Berry, Purple Russian and Breams Yellow Pear.
Planted seedlings November: Marigold
Planted seeds direct in early January: Tomatoes – Brown Berry (in place of Wild Sweetie), Tigerella (in place of Purple Russian)
Note: Net until flowers show to protect against White Cabbage butterfly.
Crop rotation info: Following root vegetables. Plant legumes.
Planted 15 August from seed direct planted: Corn – Cream and Honey F1, (between Citrus), Lemon Eureka, Orange Valencia
Planted 15 August from seed direct planted in shade: Beetroot – Bulls Blood, Chioggia ; Carrot – Danvers
Planted: October: Rocket from seedling (letting it go to seed naturally to see how readily it self seeds.
Planted November: Beans – Greenfeast (near corn)
Starting harvest dates (approx): Beans – 65-80 days | Beets – 50-65 days
Crop rotation info: Following legumes. Sow green leafy veg.
Planted from seedlings sown 1st August | Capsicum – Californian Wonder an Sweet mix.
Planted in shade: Carrots – Danvers and Baby, Lettuce, Basil
Starting harvest dates (approx): Carrots – 65 days
Following leafy greens. Sow fruiting plants. Low growing.
Planted 1st August: Cucumber (Marketmore) x 2, Rockmelon (French Charentais)
Starting harvest dates (approx): Zucchini – 50 days | Cucumber – 60 days
Bad companions: Cucumber – Do not plant near aromatic herbs, tomatoes
Good companions: Zucchini – Nasturtiums, Radish, | Cucumber: Chinese cabbage, Lettuce, Radish, Nasturiums