Raised Bed Plan - Garlic
Most of my Garden Beds in 2017 Garden Plan produces 3 batches of vegetables during one season. This Raised Bed is one of the exceptions. This Bed only holds Garlic and later a quick Spinach batch before it's time to prepare next years crops: Jerusalem Artichokes/Sunchokes.
- Prepare for next years Jerusalem Artichokes (=Sunchokes)
Why these crops?
I have experimented a bit with Garlic companions (grew them with Wild Strawberries last season), but have decided to do a plain Garlic Bed this year. One of the reasons is that I find nutrients a bit tricky. I usually don't add grass clippings to Garlic, since they don't seem to like it as much as my other vegetables.
Spinach is a quick second batch. Jerusalem Artichokes comes next in the Crop Rotation plan.
3b = This bed is in the "Needs Less" Quarter in my Crop Rotation Plan. According to my planning, this will be the Jerusalem Artichoke bed for next year, so I will plant Artichoke Bulbs in this bed after Garlic is done.
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 a Bed that is started already previous autumn, so since this is the plan for 2017, I will start this bed in October 2016 (=very soon when I'm writing this). It's OK to start soon, since it's following the bed "2a Swiss Chard" that has been Empty since October according to 2017 Garden Plan.
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:
October - end of:
- Add Chicken Manure to the Garlic Bed. I add approximately 300 grams of manure to a Raised Bed that is 80x120 centimeter.
- Plant Garlic Bulbs (I plant 48 in one Bed)
August - beginning:
- Start harvest Garlic to eat fresh
- Start Spinach indoors
August - end:
- Harvest the rest of the Garlic for winter saving
- Add Cow Manure to the Bed
- Plant Spinach Plant in the Bed
- Cover with plastic if weather gets cold
- Harvest Spinach
- Add Compost to the Bed
- Plant Jerusalem Artichoke Bulbs for next growing season, cover with leaves and/or Grass Clippings or whatever organic material you have.
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:
- Kitchen Garden Layout Plan - Layout overview
- Building a Raised Bed Kitchen Garden - How to Deep Dig the frames and feed them with organic material
- How to build Raised Bed Frames - Step-by-Step guide on how to do the Frames for the Raised Beds.
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.