Friday, July 9, 2010

It's not about how big it is but how you use it.

No pictures today, sorry. This is like a diary entry, I've never written in a diary, I find it a little foolish and those Secret gurus that tell you that you need a clear vision and write it down can come over and write it down for me. Yes, the vision, always pristine and very sunny, cart-fulls of carrots, spinach, lettuce and radish. The sun shines through the leaves and illuminates a pot of wonderful beef stew where you gleefully drop your freshly picked veggies in and all the kingdom smells the wonderful aroma and buys bowls and bowls of soup from you. Ahhhh.

Well, the interesting part about this is: Veggies will grow in small and large patches but they like specific company along the way. For example: I planted garlic, onions, carrots, radish, radicchio and swiss chard in a box. The garlic, onion and radicchio love each over very much and will insist growing and being friends. However, the swiss chard does not like to live next to Mr garlic, it will stunt and shy away from any growth. Carrots will germinate very slowly in a half shaded area next to garlic and the beets just don't care who is next to them, they just want to extend out as much as they can.

So, I got an important lesson from this. Plant at least 4 squares of the same crop in the same box. If you have leafy greens, plant with other leafy greens. If you have roots, plant with other roots. Variety is very nice but sometimes the neighbors try to 1-up each other.

So, next planting session, I will have:

- At least 60 strawberry plants in the same boxes, no variety.
- 4 Lettuce, 4 swiss chard and 4 spinach in the same box.
- Radish, beets, carrots in the same box.
- Tomatoes on their own
- Bush beans on their own.
- Flowers are best kept out of the box. They can look nice in the box but they just take space and attract unwanted bugs.

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