It’s been a hugely busy day/week in the patch, but that’s for another post. This is a quick post to show this year’s veggie patch layout. We use a 5 year plot rotation system, which seems to work out quite nicely for the amount of veg we eat. As far as the plot sizes are concerned, they were all meant to be 5 equal 10′ x 30′ plots, but my amazing maths skills meant that the plot divided by the walk-through path has ended up 16′ wide, in the form of two 8′ wide plots. Last year we had a bumper crop of spuds from it – we’re still happily munching through the Anya salad potatoes, which make a fairly decent mash and seem to be a good all-rounder. More importantly they’re storing really well.
This year the monster plot falls in the onion plot, so we’re going to go hell for leather on shallots and onions. The shallots sold quite well out the front so we’ll be able to put more out and have plenty for us…they make fantastic pickles and they seem to have stored better than the onions. As pickled onion beasts, we’re going to put in 3 rows of pickling onions as well, from seed.
The rest is fairly self-explanatory – the Jerusalem Artichokes and Asparagus are stuck where they are so all other crops will move around them as they go through their 5 year cycle. We’re not bothering with spring onions, as we discovered we’re not that fussed about them, but we’re putting in more beetroot and dwarf french beans. I think we’re also going to invest in a big chest freezer for some of these things – it’s needed!
Roll on planting 😀