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Old 07-26-2011, 10:54 AM   #1
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gardening tool Succession-Interplanting vegetables

Succession planting: After harvesting something, you plant something in its place.

Inter-planting: Different vegetables grown simultaneously with different growth rates.

Companion planting: How various plants benefit one another.

Combining techniques Create higher yields.
Succession...Planting cukes after the first crop of peas have been harvested. (Notice the lag-non productivity period between the two)
Inter-planting...Young pole beans are ready to replace the peas once they've produced. (Lag-non productivity time has almost been eliminated)
Companions...Deter insects, host predatory insects, improve growth, flavor, add nutrients, loosen soil, reduce lighting, create living trellis etc...etc...

A word of caution: Make sure to create a chart as to where you plant your seeds so you do not crush them while picking something else!

For more details on Companion planting see: Companion planting
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Old 07-26-2011, 01:36 PM   #2
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I'd like to start with the creation of the bed....
It is a combination of the hugelkultur (incorporating trees dead trees, brush, leaves and driftwood) and the lasagna (Layered) method
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Infantile and awaiting its amendments.
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First layer of driftwood, flipped sod and dry brown trimmings
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Now topped with soil the center is beginning its layering process.
Once the whole bed has its first layers in place, a second layer same as the first (Minus the driftwood) tops off the bed.
During the following month it is kept fully watered and occasionally hand tilled down to but not inclusive of the driftwood base.
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While awaiting its decomposition,
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Plans are set into place upon paper.
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Rack em!!! Way to go!!! Excellent photos!!! Did you know that hugelcultur was an Eastern European practice dating back hundreds of years? Now all ya need is some dead fish so we can turn this into a multi-cultural experience.... just kidding. You want me to bring you some super duper extra special fertilizer pellets next time I see you? You can just broadcast them over your veggies if you want.
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Thanks for the defined terms, havalotta.

I guess I do more inter-planting than anything, but I do everything on such a small scale right now it is hard to say.

Hopefully, I'll put more of this into effect next spring--and I'd better start things EARLY in the sunroom and greenhouse next year! (I did some this spring, but was supposed to do more each week--that never panned out...and I ended up taking some of what I grew early out to the kids for the club I was doing. Oh well, next year, I'll do better--I hope.
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Old 07-27-2011, 11:42 AM   #5
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Rack em!!! Way to go!!! You want me to bring you some super duper extra special fertilizer pellets next time I see you?
You can just broadcast them over your veggies if you want.
SURE!!!! Lay em on me...No better yet, the bed.
Hmmmmm Let me try that one more time...On my GARDEN bed!
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last of the week by week plans leads to
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Finishing the planting chart I had spoke about.
THIS site: Gardener's Supply Kitchen Garden Planner Garden Designer works EXCELLENT for planning your beds.
Just fill in the area with your gardens length and width then proceed to click and drag veggies from the sliding bar into the boxes...
The one as seen above (With merged vegetables) was tweaked in paint so I could visually see what's INTER-planted.
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Once the amendments in the bed were partially decomposed I marked a line every foot onto its framework on all 4 sides as a visual aid in plant - seed placement.
Had I used REAL wood (The composite being to hard to nail into) I would have set a nail every foot and strung a line of string from one end to the other both ways as a grid system to plant each crop into. Well anyway....Following the paper chart I had made, I set the plants and seed of hope into their proper areas along with their identity markers.
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Within 2 weeks quite a few have already sprouted.
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Add a few good storms, a bit of hot weather and 19 more days ....It's beginning to mature and produce....
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Old 07-27-2011, 10:22 PM   #6
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THIS site: Gardener's Supply Kitchen Garden Planner Garden Designer works EXCELLENT for planning your beds.
I love that site--I think it is one I checked out a couple months ago.

Very cool to see the plan (complete with stepping stones) and the real bed.
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Old 07-28-2011, 11:58 AM   #7
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Did you know that hugelcultur was an Eastern European practice dating back hundreds of years?
No.... But I've heard all about the years of its benefits to come once it starts to decompose....

Dapjwy, You are correct.
I had entered the planning sight a while back but thought It would be nice to include it where it was put into practice in case anyone had missed it.
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The first of the radishes were tiny due to NOT thinning them.
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Once thinned they looked more like these. What a difference!
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That led me to thinking about the carrots to come.
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Notice how thick they are in the left hand corner.
WAY too many to mature proper. Soooo, You know what that means.
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Trying to cipher out the carrots from the no goods is a real problem when it came time to thin.
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Ground Chamomile eventually makes little buds, so that's OUT!
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Tansy with its definite pungent sent and slightly wider leaf is OUT!
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This thing that branches at its top, is OUT!
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And those darn rotten stinging nettles, OUT!
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My entire arms feel tingly from the battle scars left by THESE!

Nettles are known to numb the pain associated with arthritis...BBC News | HEALTH | Nettles 'ease arthritis suffering'
Wonder if flogging the backside would lessen the sore back any.
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Ya.... the heat from decomposition process helps some crops a lot, others.... it's a detriment so we've got to be careful I've learned. Too much of a good thing and all I guess....
Your radishes look good enough to use for a veggie advertisement. Have you ever tried to grow Daikon radish? We used to eat radishes fresh out of the garden dipped in a little salt but.... not so much any more. I was experimenting with radish recipes back when I had spare time and I found some really good ones just poking around on the internet.
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Your radishes look good enough to use for a veggie advertisement.
Thanks but you assumed they were mine.
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Once thinned they looked more like these.
I had already eaten mine so substituted another LIKE mine. I planted the sparklers.
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