Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Forced to plant in succession
Look what those darling chickens have forced me to do... plant in succession. Because of the chicken tractor slowly making its way around the garden we have only ever had one garden bed available to be planted into at any one time. As a result this has forced us to not plant all our broccoli say in one bed, but to rather fill a bed with a bit of everything. Every 2 weeks the tractor moved on and we got to fill another bed. This way we have ended up with a succession of plants, all maturing at different times that should hopefully provide us with a steady flow of produce.
Mid March, this bed was the first to be planted out, and majority of the broccoli and celery have already been harvested, along with many green leafies. Beneath the soursobs are root vegetables that I hope are doing ok.
Two weeks later this bed was planted out, and the broccoli and celery in this bed have just become ready for the picking, bang on two weeks later. I am curious to see how the self sown sunflowers go. Don’t they realise it’s winter?
The broccoli and celery in this bed still have a couple of weeks to go.
This is the most recently planted bed, and as you can see more broccoli and celery, among others, just starting out.