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Posted on Mar 30, 2015 in Vege bed plans | 2 comments

Vege Bed Plans 2015/16

Vege Bed Plans 2015/16

Following is a plan of what was planted what, when and why in 2015. This information is used for planning crop rotations, estimating productivity and staggering harvests.

Autumn-Winter 2015

Diagram of bed layout [PNG]

Notes for subsequent years

Mice: Check perimetre for entry points and block. Bait as needed. Cabbage white butterfly: Next year, protect brassias from Cabbage White butterfly with netting.

Bed  1: Peas, silverbeet, parsley

Crop rotation info: Previously blueberry and strawberry bed, neither of which thrived. Beds now have permanent trellis installed. Lime has been added to increase soil pH which was low to accommodate the blueberries.
Beans were planted here in Summer 2014,

Planted seeds (2nd March): Shelling peas, Greenfeast – along trellised fence line (seedlings slow to grow)
Estimated harvest date from late June

Planted seed (2nd March): Silverbeet (growing well)
Estimated harvest date from mid May

Seedling transplanted (2nd March from driveway): Parsley (growing well)
Estimated harvest date from late April

Bed 2: Peas, beets and clover

Crop rotation info: Tigerella tomato (summer 2014) followed by…
Bio-mustard which was incorporated into soil at 8 weeks to improve organic matter.

Planted seeds (30th March): Baby beets & clover in alternating rows
Estimated harvest date for beetroot from early June

Planted seeds (3rd May): Sugar snap peas – along trellised fence line
Estimated harvest date from late August
Originally planted Shelling peas (30th March), then snow peas but germination was poor so replaced them.

Bed 3: Peas, carrots & clover

Crop rotation info: Corn and Rockmelon (both summer 2014), followed by…
Bio-mustard which was turned into soil at 8 weeks to improve organic matter.

Planted seeds (30th March): Sugar Snap peasalong 1st half of trellised fence line
Estimated harvest from late July
Additional Sugar Snap pea seeds sown (mid April) to fill spaces from seeds that did not germinate (about 1/2)

Planted seeds (30th March): Baby carrots & clover in alternating rows
Estimated harvest from mid June

Bed 4: Garlic, peas, clover

Crop rotation info:
Cucumber, watermelon (died of unknown disease) and chilli (all summer 2014), followed by…
Bio-mustard which was turned into soil at 8 weeks to improve organic matter.

Planted seeds (2nd April) on left (sunnier side): Clover (along edges) & garlic in middle rows (12 cloves per row x 2 rows )
Planted seeds (2nd April):
Clover (along edges) on right (shadier side) and under espaliered citrus trees
Planted seeds (14th April): Snow peas – along trellised fence line (still needs more organic matter – soil water repellent)

Bed 5: Bio-Mustard

Crop rotation info: Zucchini (summer 2014), followed by Bio-mustard (still growing).
Note: (still needs more organic matter – soil water repellent)

Bed 6: Leek, coriander, parsley, silverbeet, peas, clover

Crop rotation info: Tomato (Broad Ripple), capsicum, eggplant (all summer 2014), followed by…
Bio-mustard and clover followed by…
Peas, clover, parsley, silverbeet, corriander, leek

Planted seedlings (February): Leek
Planted seeds (
February): Corriander, parsley, silverbeet, clover
Planted seeds (3rd May): Corriander, silverbeet
Planted seedling (February, self seed in bed 2): Basil
Planted seeds (3rd May): Shelling peas, Massey (2nd planting)

Spring-Summer 2015/16

Bed  1: Tomatoes, capsicum, eggplant

Crop rotation info: Lime added Autumn 2015. Leaves and stalks of beans and peas left on the soil as mulch. Roots left in soil for nitrogen.
Beans (Summer 2014/15), followed by…
Peas, Spinach & Parsley (all Winter 2015), carrots (planted June)

Transplanted seedlings (September): Tomato, Gross Lisse- along trellised fence
Planted seedlings (September) Capsicum (2) and Eggplant (2) – on non trellised side.

Bed 2: Corn (entire bed)

Crop rotation info:
Tigerella tomato (Summer 2014), followed by…
Bio-mustard (Autumn 2015) incorporated into soil at 8 weeks, followed by…
Baby beets, clover and peas (all Winter 2015)

Planted seeds & seedlings (26/9/15) Sweet corn

Bed 3: Corn, zucchini

Crop rotation info:
Corn and Rockmelon (both Summer 2014/15), followed by…
Bio-mustard (Autumn 2015) which was turned into soil at 8 weeks to improve organic matter, followed by…
Sugar Snap peas, clover and baby carrots (all Winter 2015)

Planted seeds & seedlings (26/9/15) Sweet corn

Planted seeds (7/8/15) Zucchini (Black Beauty)
Starting harvest: Late October (11 weeks)

Bed 4: Zucchini overflow from bed 3 plus root vegetables and salad greens

Crop rotation info:
Chilli, Cucumber, Watermelon (cucurbits died of unknown disease) (all Summer 2014/15), followed by…
Bio-mustard (Autumn 2015) which was turned into soil at 8 weeks to improve organic matter, followed by…
Snow peas (along fence line), Clover & Garlic (all 2015)

Planted seedlings (September) Celery
Planted seeds (September) Coriander
Planted seeds (September) Beetroot
Planted seeds (1/11/15) Carrots
Planted seeds (1/11/15) Lettuce
Self seeded (November) Wild rocket

Note: Bed still needs more organic matter – soil is water repellent

Bed 5: Cucumber on trellis

Crop rotation info:
Zucchini (Summer 2014), followed by…
Bio-mustard (Autumn/Winter 2015) which was turned into soil to improve organic matter, followed by…

Note: (still needs more organic matter – soil water repellent)

Planted seeds (7/8/15) Cucumber
Estimated harvest date: mid November

Planted seedlings (early October) Basil

Bed 6: Rockmelon raised above soil & possibly trellised

Crop rotation info:
Tomato (Broad Ripple), capsicum, eggplant (all summer 2014), followed by…
Bio-mustard (Autumn/Winter 2015) which was turned into soil to improve organic matter, followed by…
Clover, Peas-shelling (left long side of bed), Coriander, Parsley and Leek (right long side of bed) (all Winter 2015)

Planted seeds (1/10/15) Rockmelon (French Charentais)
Planted seeds (August) Silverbeet
Planted seedlings (September) Celery
Planted seeds (September) Coriander

2 Comments

  1. Those are so pretty! I wish that they would grow here…I don’t think that they like our heat. You ralley are a gifted gardener, and I hope that you have even more next season!BTW, thank you so much for your sweet comment. I immediately thought of you when I pulled out the terrarium! :)Andrea

    • Thanks Tamil. The blue flowers on the home page are borage flowers. The young leaves and flowers are edible, they attract bees, aid the health of other vegetables growing nearby. Also, they are a useful addition to the compost heap adding micro-nutrients and potassium. If you feel your climate may be too hot for them. Try growing in part shade or in the cooler months.

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