Raised Bed Plan - Radish/Parsley/Dill, Chilli, Marigold and Basil
So.. this is really 3 Raised Beds. I decided to only write one plan for these three beds, since the schedule is the same and since the main crops are Chilli, Marigold and Basil for all three of them. The only thing that separates them is the first batch, where I will grow Radish in the first one, Parsley in the second one and Dill in the third one. I plan to leave the Chillis outdoors for as long as possible, so I'm not planning any third batch. Depending on how autumn turn out there might still be room for a third batch of vegetables after the Chilli season is over, but in that case I will plan for that later.
- Radish or Parsley or Dill
- To be decided later
Why these crops?
Chilli is really the main crop for these three Raised Beds, so I plan around that. To companion the Chilli plants I will use Marigold and Basil, since they keep Aphids away from Chilli plants. That's what I call great companions! Before Chillis there is room for Early and cold resistant vegetables. Since the early vegetables need to be done in mid may (when the Chillies will be moved outdoors) I will select things that I can Winter Sow: Radish, Parsley and Dill.
5 e/f/g = This bed is in the "Others and Perennials" 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
Time Plan is totally built around Chillies. I start it early to be able to get one batch of vegetables before the Chilli Plants are ready to be transplanted outdoors. 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:
December - mid:
- Start Chilli Seeds indoors
- Transplant Chillies to larger pots.
- Winter Sow Radish, Parsley and Dill outdoors.
- Transplant Chillies to later pots again.
- Harvest Radish, Dill and Parsley continuously
May - mid/end (depending on weather):
- Clear out the Raised Beds
- Add Chicken Manure
- Transplant Chilli Plants to the Raised Bed
- Cover with Plastic if risk for frost
August - mid:
- Start harvest Chillies as they ripen
- If summer has been warm and Chillis are progressing good, start planning and sowing autumn crops for this Raised Bed.
- Harvest the last Chillies
- Clear out the Raised Bed
- If autumn crops, add Chicken Manure and transplant Autumn Crops to the Raised Bed
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.