Why raised beds?
If you lay out your garden with the traditional rows and paths of our grandparents you are limiting your garden productivity simply by using that old design. [more detail]
=The problem with the role and pass all design is that almost as much of a garden is dedicated to pass PA THS while in a raised bed Garden you get about a 30% increase in growing area just by changing the garden layout.
Raised beds offer more square feet of growing area than a row and path layout . The key to this approach is that the bed is just wide enough so you can comfortably reach the middle from each side and therefore you avoid ever walking on the bed itself once it is established. You can now plant vegetables throughout the entire bed placing them so when mature, their leaves are just touching the leaves of adjacent plants. For detailed information about how to develop a raised bed garden go to ………
Roto tilling; yes or no?
A Rototiller is a very helpful tool when you are starting a new garden from scratch. With a new garden, you will probably need to use a rotor tiller for two or three years and then you should have no need for a rotor tiller thereafter.
If you have an established garden a Rototiller becomes a very destructive tool. In simple terms, a rococo or breaks up the valuable soil structure that has been developed by the soil food web last season.
For more information about soil management in the vegetable garden go to our website:http://gardening.yardener.com/YardenersPlantHelper/VegetableGardening/BasicsofVegetableGardening/SoilBuildingandManagementintheVegetableGarden
What Is This Succession Planting?
I would say that most vegetable gardens in this country waste a good portion of their potential productivity by planting the garden only once in the spring. By the end of July there may be 30% of the growing area is bare.
While it takes some planning it is not difficult to actually have three seasons in your garden. You would have the early spring season, the main summer season, and the fall season. The simple secret to accomplish this three season goal is to have plants ready to replace Spring season plants that are finished for the season. When the broccoli is finished in late June you may have any number of vegetables to take over that space. You can plant lettuce, carrots, beets, or almost anything else in that space. If you planted lettuce for example, in June, but well be pretty much finished up by late July. Men are and then you can plant something like tale to replace the lettuce and you have accomplished the three season goal.
Essentially the rule is to have no bare space that has no plans any time between June and October. Later in the season I will talk in more detail about up managing the fall crop. For more information on this topic go to:http://gardening.yardener.com/YardenersPlantHelper/VegetableGardening/BasicsofVegetableGardening/ExtendingTheGrowingSeason
What’s happening the next week or two in Nature?
Orchard Mason Bees Emerge and look for housing up to early June(Mason Bees Homes at http://www.masonbeehomes.com/). Not a problem.
Buy a nesting box (www.Duncraft.com)
Flocks of blackbirds move through if weather is warm