VARIETIES OF VEGETABLES
(How We Do It)
18 inch wide rows.
& CABBAGE - Seedlings purchased at local feed store. Spring
and Autumn crop.
GARLIC - Largest cloves
from previous year's crop are planted in wide, raised beds in September.
Heavily mulched with sawdust. During Spring, flowers must be pinched
to assure bigger roots. Harvest is in July after the tops yellow.
GLADIOLIUS - Though not
a vegetable, we enjoy them. Lifted each Autumn and replanted each
Spring using wide rows. Mulched with sawdust.
BEANS - 18 inch wide rows with sawdust layer as mulch.
ONIONS - Wide raised bed
with sawdust mulch.
PEAS - "Maestro" - prolific
- planted as early as possible - usually before last frost.
BEANS (Summer) This crop grows in the same space as our pea crop.
- Planted on tilled ground and hoed only once into high raised bed at planting
time. Mulch heavily with sawdust.
SQUASH - The "Zephyr"
variety is extremely prolific. Winter variety is "Butternut" squash.
CORN - Seeds are approx. 8 inches apart, rows are 16 inches apart.
Produces good pollination. Between each corn seed is a bush bean
seed - acts as a disguise to hungry crows since the beans sprout first.
SWISS CHARD - Produces
a better yield in our area than spinach.
- "Bell Star" - a large plum tomato with excellent yield. Planted
after last frost as seedlings - in 24 inch diameter of concrete wire and
heavily mulched with newspaper and grass clippings.
- "Better Boy" - a favorite of ours - great in Zone 5 - yield is
excellent. Planted and mulched as above.