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Post  CindiLou on 12/14/2012, 4:25 am

Told hubby tonight..need him to cut the frame off the 4x6 bed he made a couple of years ago. "why?" Would make it easier for crop rotation. "But you need it for some of your vines" ok then I need another 4x6 bed. "ok that is easy" rofl Oh my girls are gonna KILL me! Told them I had enough beds rofl But with doing the winter harvesting, it makes it a little more complicated to plan a bed that we don't pick from till COLD weather. And with needing 4x6 in the rotation for onions and at least 4x4 for garlic. And growing veggies for 4 adults and two kids... rofl

So will add one 4x6 to the list next spring

Will total 4 4x6, 3 4x4, 2 2x6, 2 2x4, total of 200 sf. But 1 2x6 is my herb bed bed. Wanting to have canning veggies. Have to have 1 4x6 ready to start planting some squares (and the others planned) by Aug 1st for winter sowing..it is going to be more difficult to plan 2013 lol...
I need to work on my successive planting charts!
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Post  FamilyGardening on 12/14/2012, 7:49 am

keep us posted on how it goes..... Very Happy

this up coming spring will be our fourth year gardening and we are still trying to figure out rotation and successive planting.....last year we learned that we can plant bush beans after we pull up the potatoes and still have enough time to get a couple of good harvest off the beans.....so far thats all we have Shocked

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Post  plantoid on 12/14/2012, 4:00 pm

Cindi , tell your loving hubby to buy the timber in bulk and make six beds as it's much cheaper Laughing Plus it will give him a real man's project to geth is teeth into . Wink
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Post  Triciasgarden on 12/15/2012, 9:23 pm

I need to work on the successive planting also! I think you need a bed or two more, lol! I have nine beds, all 4' x 6'. I have three rows of three so I rotate each sets of rows, like beds 1, 2 and 3 rotate. Next to them are 4, 5 and 6 and they rotate. Same with 7, 8 and 9, obviously. Theoretically it works great until this year I learned that you should grow brassicas in the same bed only every third year. But I wonder if you plant something after like broccoli and then two years later you plant cauliflower and cabbage. Could that be considered a third year? I know this was asked once but I didn't read the answer.
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Post  CindiLou on 12/16/2012, 12:40 am

Now I got myself confused lol..I know they are the same family. But I think you have it ok.
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Post  CapeCoddess on 12/16/2012, 3:41 pm

Tricia, what if you took the crops from 1,2,3 and planted them in 4,5,6, and took the 4,5,6 crops and planted them in 7,8,9. Then 7,8,9 crops go into 1,2,3. Then the next year you move them all up a grouping again for a 3 yr switch-a-roo. rock on

Did that even make sense? thinking

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Post  southern gardener on 12/17/2012, 1:23 am

@CapeCoddess wrote:Tricia, what if you took the crops from 1,2,3 and planted them in 4,5,6, and took the 4,5,6 crops and planted them in 7,8,9. Then 7,8,9 crops go into 1,2,3. Then the next year you move them all up a grouping again for a 3 yr switch-a-roo. rock on

Did that even make sense? thinking

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Makes perfect sense! I was thinking the same thing. That's what I plan on doing once I get my soil correct
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Post  camprn on 12/17/2012, 7:01 am

A thing to take into account is the roots do not stay in their respective square. If there is any sign of disease when you pull out the brassicas, they should go into another bed the next season.

Here is a good read on brassica diseases. Understanding the reason for the rule will hopefully make your decision making easier.

http://www.agric.wa.gov.au/objtwr/imported_assets/content/pw/ph/dis/veg/fn2006_brassicadisease_rlancaster.pdf

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