On 1/3/14 we did some early planting of next season’s vegetables in our new patch at the Happy Patch Community Garden. We are so happy with the results of our first patch and given there is no more room at home decided to lease another plot. This one gets a little shade unlike the first which is full sun, so it will be interesting to compare the differences in the crops.
The new patch is down the end of the garden, our other is to the right of the one in the foreground of this picture.
We conditioned the middle of the patch with compost and chicken poo about 8 weeks ago and covered it with pea straw. There were a few herbs planted in it by a previous leasee; we left the mint to be dug out and repotted later, but removed the basil and parsley as they had gone to seed. The two end sections have now been conditioned with the same mix.
As we had not yet planted seeds we cheated and bought punnets. We were lucky enough to find one punnet of heirloom seedling, but the rest are hybrids.
Along with the heirloom mini cauliflowers we planted Purple Sprouting Broccoli and Black Tuscan Kale.
Plus some Sugarbowl Cabbages.
And some regular size cauliflowers.
Two punnets of marigolds were planted in between the vegetables to deter nematodes and other pests, and to attract bees. A fresh lot of pea straw on top and we were done. We plan on planting the sides out in a few weeks once the chicken poo and compost have done their magic.
As the watermelons and pumpkins are still going strong in our first patch it will be a while till we can plant nothing new in there so its great to have the additional space.