Planning the 2014 garden
I've been playing with different methods of garden rotation
over the last few years. The easy way to do this is to plant in
zones --- all of the crucifers go in zone A in 2013, in zone B in 2014,
in zone C in 2015, and then back to zone A in 2016. My long-term
plan at the moment is to rotate tomatoes using this method, moving them
through the sunniest, sprinkler-free spots: the forest garden, the back
garden, and the area around the gully.
My current method uses a
spreadsheet like the one shown above. I've considered hiring
someone to turn my method into an app, but since I've never used a smart
phone, I doubt that'll happen anytime soon. Instead, I just
manually hunt through until I find a bed that hasn't been planted with
the family I'm trying to find room for within the last three years, then
bold that line to remind myself it's been taken.
The final step is to pick through my seed box and figure out what I need to order. This year, I'm running a germination test
on old peas (which are clearly fine), parsley, and peppers; am
definitely ordering lettuce, basil, onions, cabbage, broccoli, carrots,
and corn; and have old-but-fine or saved seeds for everything else.
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