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Raised Bed Plan - Carrots, Radish, Yellow Onions, Winter Carrots, and Mache Salad

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Raised Bed Plan - Carrots, Radish, Yellow Onions, Winter Carrots, and Mache Salad

Tue Oct 18, 2016 6:43 pm

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Raised Bed Plan - Carrots, Radish, Yellow Onions, Winter Carrots, and Mache Salad
This Raised Bed is planned to give 3 Batches of Vegetables during one season. The picture above shows the layout of second batch.

First Batch: 
  • Early Carrots (test for this year)
  • Radish
Second Batch:
  • Yellow Onions
  • Winter Carrots
Third Batch:
  • Mache Salad
 
Why these crops?
Carrots and Onions traditionally thrive together. The smell of Onions keeps the Carrot Bugs away, and they compliment each other since Carrot roots grow deep and Onion roots grow wide. 

Sowing Carrots and Planting Onions at the same times enables me to grow something before, and something after these Crops. I will try to do an early batch of Carrots to eat fresh for the first Batch. For the third Batch I will focus on Mache Salad since it's cold resistant and very tasty.

 
Location
3c = This bed is in the "Needs Less" Quarter in my Crop Rotation Plan

It is one out of Several Garden Beds (29 when I'm writing this, but tends to be more and more each season...) See the total list of beds and Layout in my Garden Plan for Raised Beds 2017.

 
Time Plan for this Bed
This is my schedule for this bed. The dates will depend a lot on where you live, and what average temperatures and sunny hours you have at different months. I'm in Northern Europe and this is the Plan I follow:

January - end of: 
  • Winter Sow Carrots (select a variety good for early Winter Sowing). For more info on Winter Sowing, see this post from last winter: Winter Sowing.
  • Winter Sow Radish. I place mine in the middle of the bed (where I will plant the Onions later), since I'm sure that I will pick all the radish before it's time to plant the Onion Bulbs.
  • Cover the Garden Bed with a Glass Window Frame or Plastic Frame to help the Sun warm up the Bed faster.
May - mid:
  • Harvest Carrots and Radish Continuously as soon as you can, and pick the last Radish mid may to make room for Onion
  • Add Cow Manure and/or Compost to the mid rows where you cleared out the Radishes
  • Plant Yellow Onion Bulbs in the middle rows
May - end:
[*]Harvest the last Carrots
[*]Start Winter Carrot Seeds in the same place where you just harvested the Summer Carrots


September - beginning/mid:
  • Harvest and dry your Yellow Onion
  • Harvest Winter Carrots
  • Add Cow Manure to the Bed
  • Direct Sow Mache Salad seeds in the Raised Bed
 
November- beginning:
  • Harvest the remaining Mache Salad
  • Cover the Bed with Organic Material like Leaves and/or Grass Clippings and let it rest over the winter.
Background
My Kitchen Garden is built with a modular approach. I have a number of Raised Beds (Deep Beds) - currently 29 beds. Most of them are 120x80 centimeters. They are Deep Beds and I always cover them with Organic Material to improve soil and nutrients, and also have a No Dig Garden. More background information can be found in these posts:  
Methods I use to plan each Garden Bed
I plan each bed carefully and enjoy making and developing my plans. I try to consider different angles:
- Succession Planting: I want to have at least 3 batches from each bed to maximize my harvest
- Crop Rotation: I rotate my basic crops each year to eliminate diseases. I have a 4 year Crop Rotation Plan (more about my Crop Rotation Plan here).
- Companion Planting: I want each batch to consist of Plants that thrive together to get good harvest and keep the plants healthy.
- Continuous Harvest: I want to be able to harvest from early spring to late autumn without having to preserve too much food. We prefer to eat all the vegetables as fresh as possible.

Don't hesitate to discuss the planning of this bed with me. There is always loads of input that can help improving this further.


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Re: Raised Bed Plan - Carrots, Radish, Yellow Onions, Winter Carrots, and Mache Salad

Sat Feb 11, 2017 4:22 pm

I continued my Winter Sowing today, and got to this Raised Bed. I'm Winter Sowing Carrots and Radish according to the plan. 

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I'm not writing detailed instructions for every Raised Bed that I'm Winter Sowing. See this post for more detailed instruction on How to Winter Sow: Winter Sowing in Raised Beds.
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Re: Raised Bed Plan - Carrots, Radish, Yellow Onions, Winter Carrots, and Mache Salad

Sun Mar 26, 2017 6:18 pm

Radish is the first thing to sprout in this Raised Bed. Seems like I got the rows fairly straight.. 

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Re: Raised Bed Plan - Carrots, Radish, Yellow Onions, Winter Carrots, and Mache Salad

Sat Apr 08, 2017 2:43 pm

Radish are looking good outdoors. It seems like I got the rows fairly straight at sowing.

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Re: Raised Bed Plan - Carrots, Radish, Yellow Onions, Winter Carrots, and Mache Salad

Sun Apr 23, 2017 6:07 pm

Oh no! Radish is not doing to good in this raised bed. Temperatures have been unpredictable. -7 degrees celsius during the night, and really really hot in the raised beds during daytime. Obviously these radishes did not cope... Well well.. I have more radishes coming in other raised beds. But still sad to see.

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Re: Raised Bed Plan - Carrots, Radish, Yellow Onions, Winter Carrots, and Mache Salad

Tue Apr 25, 2017 4:54 pm

Oh sorry to see.. They were doing so well.. From my packets of seeds it says to sow the seeds as soon as soil is workable for lettuce and radishes... So I'm sure if you sow them without a cover they should be fine.. They don't mind some cold temps.. I think spinach too if I remember correctly..

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Re: Raised Bed Plan - Carrots, Radish, Yellow Onions, Winter Carrots, and Mache Salad

Thu Apr 27, 2017 8:13 pm

bluebutterfly123 wrote:
Tue Apr 25, 2017 4:54 pm
Oh Image sorry to see.. They were doing so well.. From my packets of seeds it says to sow the seeds as soon as soil is workable for lettuce and radishes... So I'm sure if you sow them without a cover they should be fine.. They don't mind some cold temps.. I think spinach too if I remember correctly..

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Luckily I do have more Radish in other areas, so we're not without. They probably would have been better without cover as you say. Spinach is doing really well so far even though spring weather has been very cold and unpredictable.
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Re: Raised Bed Plan - Carrots, Radish, Yellow Onions, Winter Carrots, and Mache Salad

Mon May 22, 2017 8:13 pm

Carrot seeds and Seed Onions are started for this Raised Bed.

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Re: Raised Bed Plan - Carrots, Radish, Yellow Onions, Winter Carrots, and Mache Salad

Mon May 22, 2017 8:31 pm

Awesome!

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Re: Raised Bed Plan - Carrots, Radish, Yellow Onions, Winter Carrots, and Mache Salad

Sun Jun 25, 2017 4:52 pm

Quick update on the Onions and Carrots.

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Re: Raised Bed Plan - Carrots, Radish, Yellow Onions, Winter Carrots, and Mache Salad

Fri Jun 30, 2017 2:08 pm

Funny looking carrots!

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Re: Raised Bed Plan - Carrots, Radish, Yellow Onions, Winter Carrots, and Mache Salad

Sat Jul 01, 2017 8:50 pm

Sanna wrote:Funny looking carrots!

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I pulled one from my garden too.. And it looks just as weird.. Lol why is that?

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Re: Raised Bed Plan - Carrots, Radish, Yellow Onions, Winter Carrots, and Mache Salad

Sat Jul 01, 2017 9:06 pm

I'm not sure why really.. I kind of like them and have not made any effort to fix it. 😂 Does anyone else know?
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Re: Raised Bed Plan - Carrots, Radish, Yellow Onions, Winter Carrots, and Mache Salad

Sun Sep 03, 2017 4:27 pm

Nice harvest of yellow onions and carrots today!

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