How should I arrange my beds?
I will be getting some money very soon, second week of Oct. and I will be
adding onto my raised bed collection before winter, so these beds will be
ready early spring for me. Right now I only have a 6'longx4'widex1'high bed
(2 years old). It is already filled and has been enriched and turned just
this past week (I had 2 summer squash, herbs and 1 pumpkin in it this past
summer, than tomatoes before that). Because of my garden arrangement, I will
be doubling that bed to make it a 12'lx4'wx1'h. Then I will be adding 2 more
I will be planting garlic right after I get the beds together (in a few
weeks). I have 7 types of garlic and want to do a dozen of each. Should I
just keep the garlic all in 1 bed to itself and let that bed rest (or plant
a fall crop) after pulling garlic till I need to replant garlic in fall 09?
Or should I mark out all the grids on the beds this fall and put some garlic
here and there between all 3 beds and intermingle everything else in spring
than after pulling the garlic in mid summer; do a fall crop in it's open
space and just repeat that cycle?
As for crops that I want to do; I know I want about 6-8 pruned tomatoes
(indet) these will get 2' square, not 1'. A cucumber for fresh eating, bush
zucchini, bush summer squash, snap-peas, tri-color pole beans, onions,
mixed-lettuce, spinach, carrots, collard greens, Swiss chard, radish,
eggplant, a small cantaloupe, peppers (hot &sweet), broccoli, cauliflower
and what ever I think of that will fit. I'm only planting to eat what we can
through out the season, no preserving (except for garlic). Because of the
arrangements of my beds; 1 8x4 will get less direct sun than the other 2;
maybe 4-5 hours minimum direct sun. Should I save that bed for the greens or
cool season veggies and see if I can plant them through out the summer, not
just spring and fall?
I will be having a raised bed mix delivered to me, so I don't have to make
it myself(except for my composted kitchen scrapes that I will be adding).
It's a mix of aged cow manure, mushroom compost, leaf compost. I plan on
doing organic fertilizers. Maxicrop's Seaweed and Fish fertilizer. I also
have rainwater barrels, so I can water at my leisure if we get a dry spell.
Is there anything I am missing? How would you arrange the veggies in these
beds, considering the garlic?
Thanks so much