Raised Bed Plan - Rocket, Spinach, Radish, Broccoli and Red Cabbage
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 and only produces 2 batches during one season.
- Rocket, Spinach and Radish
- Broccoli and Red Cabbage
Why these crops?
I'm careful on rotating cabbage plants from season to season (more about that below), so this Raised Bed is planned to fill the Cabbage Quarter. I Love Cabbage and we eat a lot, so I try to grow a bit of everything in the space that I have. So I keep full focus on Broccoli and Red Cabbage in this Raised Bed, and only grow a little bit of Rocket, Spinach and Radish as quick crops before the Cabbage is ready to be transplanted to the Raised Bed.
2b = This bed is in the "Heavy Feeders" Quarter in my Crop Rotation Plan. Besides from being Heavy Feeders, Cabbages are also sensitive to diseases that can be caused from growing Cabbages in the same place for more than one year, so rotate Cabbages each year (on at least a 4 year Rotation Plan, preferable a 6 year Rotation Plan but that requires more space).
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
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:
- Wintersow Broccoli and Red Cabbage outdoors in a Plastic Box or Greenhouse
March - beginning:
- Remove Ground Coverage and cover the Raised Bed with Glass or Plastic lid to allow the Sun to warm it up faster
March - end of:
- Add Cow or Chicken Manure to the Raised Bed
- Add Compost to the Bed
April - beginning:
- Directsow Spinach (4 rows with about 25 cm between the rows)
- Directsow Rocket (1 row with about 25 cm between the rows)
- Directsow Radish between the Spinach and Rocket rows
- Check the Broccoli and Red Cabbage Plants, transplant to larger pots if needed
May - mid:
- Check that Broccoli and Red Cabbage Plants are OK. If not, start new seeds indoors now.
- Start harvesting Spinach, Rocket and Radish as soon as you can
June - mid:
- Harvest the last Spinach, Rocket and Radish
- Add new Compost and Manure
- Transplant Broccoli and Red Cabbage Plants to the Raised Bed
- Cover with net to prevent Cabbage Flies to access the Plants and destroy them
August - mid:
- Start harvest Broccoli when ready. When the first Broccoli Head is picked the Plant will produce a lot of smaller Broccolis that can be harvested once a week until around Mid October when frost takes it.
- When to harvest Red Cabbage depends on variety. Heads should be firm but not starting to crack.
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.