Raised Bed Plan - Spinach, Lettuce, Pointed Cabbage and Savoy Cabbage
This Raised Bed is planned to give two batches during the same season. Most of my Raised Beds in my 2017 Garden Plan are planned to give three batches, but since Pointed Cabbage and Savoy Cabbage both can accept colder temperatures I count on them lasting longer in the Winter than most other crops and I will not plan a third batch of Vegetables in this Raised Bed.
- Spinach, Lettuce
- Pointed Cabbage, Savoy Cabbage
Why these crops?
Pointed Cabbage and Savoy Cabbage are new to me, but I've been wanting to grow them for a few years and now it's time to try. I grow Spinach and Lettuce in the first batch since they are fast and cold resistant enough to be Winter Sown.
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:
- Winter sow Green Kale in a Plastic Box or Greenhouse. More about Winter Sowing in this post from last Season: Winter Sowing Seeds.
March - beginning:
- Remove Ground Coverage and cover the Raised Bed with Glass or Plastic lid to allow the Sun to warm it up faster
- Start Spinach and Lettuce Seeds indoors
March - end of:
- Add Cow or Chicken Manure to the Raised Bed
- Add Compost to the Bed
April - beginning:
- Transplant Lettuce plants outdoors
May - mid:
- Check that the winter sown cabbage plants are OK. If not, start new seeds indoors now.
- Start harvesting Lettuce as soon as you can
June - mid:
- Harvest the last Lettuce
- Add new Compost and Manure
- Transplant Cabbage Plants to the Raised Bed
- Cover with net to prevent Cabbage Flies to access the Plants and destroy them
I plan to harvest Cabbage during the autumn.
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.