I am so excited about this years approaching summer months. For the first time since building our Raised Vegetable Gardens I have a planting guide that I think might actually work for a continual harvest! Like many gardeners we have a big glut at the height of summer and then a little until the winter harvest. Frustrating I must say. Add to this my time being limited with the family I decided I needed to have a plan on paper.
To make the gardens work for me this year, I began by listing all the vegetables we like to eat over summer, an estimate of how much I think we will eat each week and a list of seeds I will need. ~ My two favourite reference books are Annette MacFarlanes ‘Organic Vegetable Garden’ and Yates ‘Garden Guide’ . Finally to the list, I added how long it would take each plant to begin producing.
Next up I mapped what will go where in each garden. I have 5 raised beds here at Little Farm. Each bed is 1m wide by 3m long and follows a yearly rotation. Along with the beds I have many 100L pots. Last year one of these pots is what grew the great pumpkin vine!
So there it is, my great plan for summer 2011. How have you planned your summer garden?