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Saturday, October 30, 2010

planning the 2011 food garden

Here are the major vegetable plant families and suggestions for crop rotation:

Onion Family, Amaryllidaceae: Garlic, onions, leeks, shallots. These are light feeders. Plant onion family crops after heavy feeders. Follow onion family crops with legumes.

Cabbage Family, Brassicaceae (Cruciferae): Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, Chinese cabbage, collards, cress, kale, kohlrabi, radishes, turnips. These are heavy feeders. Plant cabbage family crops after legumes. After cabbage family crops build the soil for a season with a cover crop or soil building compost or let the area sit fallow for a season after applying well-aged manure.

Lettuce Family, Asteraceae (Compositae): Artichokes, chicory, endive, lettuce. These are heavy feeders. Follow lettuce family crops with soil building legumes.

Grains, Grass Family, Poaceae (Gramineae): Grains--oats, corn, rye, wheat. Follow these crops with tomato family plants.

Legume Family, Fabaceae (Leguminosae): Beans, peas, clover, vetch. These are soil enrichers. Follow legume family plants with any other crop.

Tomato Family, Nightshade Family, Solanaceae: Eggplant, peppers, tomatoes, potatoes. Nightshade family crops are heavy feeders. Plant these crops after grass family plants. Follow heavy feeders with legume family crops to re-build the soil.

Squash Family, Cucurbitaceae: Cucumbers, melons, summer and winter squash, pumpkins, watermelon. Squash family plants are heavy feeders. Plant these crops after grass family plants. Follow heavy feeders with legume family crops to re-build the soil.

Carrot Family, Apiaceae (Umbelliferae): Carrots, celery, anise, coriander, dill, fennel, parsley. These are light to medium feeders. Carrot family crops can follow any other crop. Follow carrot family crops with legumes or onion family crops.

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  2. Hi everyone,

    So do we have any fellow Gardeners out there? I'm ordering my seeds and will start Stocking up on Soiless mixes and seed Starting mixes.. Hoping to really get a great garden going and stocking our pantry with wholesome foods for the coming 2011 year and beyond. One of the great things that I find is that we still have Open Pollinated seeds and the Monsantoes of the world haven't reached their corporate goal of being the only seed holding company in the world. Open pollinated and heirloom seeds can be saved and grown every year. This is all I will be buying this year.. One of the great things about saving seed is that you acclimate the seed to your personal environment within your "small bit of earth". You do this buy saving seed from the best fruits and plants you grew looking for traits within those crops that appeal to you personally. The other great thing about saving seed is that when the time comes that seed becomes scarce you will have food.. Smitty Cityhomesteader


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