Workday blog- March 31: Where is the Plot?

April 18, 2012

Author: Neighborhood Farm Initiative

Category: General News Stories from the Garden

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Where is the Plot?

Last season, cover crop (hairy vetch, rye grass, and peas) was planted to prevent soil erosion and for weed management.

Due to the mild winter, the cover crop was lush and thriving so mowing down the cover crop was necessary in order to prepare for new bed creation.

Fun Fact – Hairy vetch and rye are allelopathic cover crops.

Plot Creation – After mowing and turning the soil over vertical beds were mapped out. The choice to move to vertical plots was the result of the natural gradient of the soil. The vertical plot design should aid in drainage.

Reminder – Make sure you leave enough room between beds. It is recommended to have 18 inches between beds, so when you are working in the garden you don’t step on the bed and disrupt the soil!

NFI’s Knowledge Korner

When planting make sure to follow the spacing recommendations on the seed package to give your plants room enough to grow. No one likes crowded spaces!

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