I have decided to garden with quadrant gardening. I will be rotating the 4 sections of my vegetable garden each year (moving 1 section to the right) to help control disease and nutrient loss. I used some resources to piece together my quadrants. It isn't exactly what was recommend, but it is what works for the types and amounts of plants I grow. I also have some permanent and semi-permanent beds. On the back, north side of the garden, is my asparagus. In the front I have a strawberry patch and cut flower patch. I will rotate the strawberries and flowers every 3 years for the benefit of the strawberries. And then directly behind the strawberries and cut flowers is a permanent border with rhubarb.
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I realize that it is a little hard to read the words on my drawing. Here's what's in each quadrant.
Quadrant 1: Peas, cucumber, dill, green beans, yellow wax beans, cauliflower, broccoli, cantaloupe, herbs
Quadrant 2: Sweet peppers, green bell peppers, banana peppers, zucchini, summer squash, acorn squash, carrots, onions, lettuce, spinach, slicing and cherry tomatoes, Roma tomatoes, San Marzano tomatoes, onions and carrots, basil
Quadrant 3: Corn with beans, pumpkins, gourds
Quadrant 4: Potatoes, sweet potatoes, beans, watermelon.
I have almost all of the above planted. I got things in a little later than hoped, but it's much earlier than I have been able to other years. I'm also excited that this year I was able to start all of my plants from seed, either inside or in the garden, except my hot peppers. I only wanted 1 or 2 of each variety so it just worked better to buy those.
So with all of that said . . . here's how my garden grows in June. :)
|Full View: Enjoyed a few strawberries from new transplants. Excited to see experimental direct seeded asparagus up and joining asparagus transplants started indoor from seed.|
|Quadrant 1: needing to plant herbs, lettuce behind peas, and eventually fall broccoli and cauliflower|
|Quadrant 2 : harvesting lettuce and baby carrots - needing to plant acorn squash and basil|
|Quadrant 3 - needing to plant 3 rows of late sweet corn, sunflowers, pumpkins, and gourds|
|Quadrant 4 - needing to plant 3rd row of sweet potato slips, watermelon and beans|
|Blueberries and Vines: nibbled on some unripe, but nicely tart, blueberries - needing lots of work and planting yet!|