Now that the season is pretty much over, my thoughts turn to planning 2018.
In my case that will involve minor tweaks to the composting and biodynamic spraying and a new plan for sowing. I am going to try a few experiments using precision square foot planting, sowing 50cm*50cm squares with crops for harvest at particular dates, to generate continuous small harvests rather than a few gluts.
I will only do this on one of my four main beds, leaving space for potatoes, squash, onions, PACA lettuce etc.
The crops I would like small regular harvests from during summer include: salad carrots, spring onions, dwarf beans, beetroot, young leeks, turnip, fennel, chard, mange touts, celery, spinach, radish and early potatoes.
Little and often harvests in autumn will include: fennel, endive, radish, turnip, chicory leaves, pak choi, rocket, cavalo nero, chard and carrot.
New crops for 2018 will include Borlotti beans, brussels sprouts and chicory hearts.
To help in the planning I have ordered two calendars:
1) The 2018 Maria Thun Biodynamic Calendar (ISBN 9781782504313)
2) Nick Kollerstrom’s 2018 sowing and planting lunar calendar (ISBN 9780572046941)