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In the photo, right (click on it to make it larger), the third bed lay fallow over winter, dressed with lime, general fertiliser, ash and compost. It is now being planted with courgettes and lettuces. In the second bed runner beans will be planted on the poles, where a broccoli crop has finished. The carrots and spinach in the front corner will be followed by capsicum (see photo at top).
The bed in the distance will be planted completely over the spring and summer with continuing plantings of early, main crop and late peas to add nitrogen to the soil. The bed will then be dressed with compost, general fertiliser and mulch and left fallow over winter. The other three beds will be planted with winter crops as the summer crops are harvested. Plant seedling crops alongside plants that are ready to be harvested (see the photo, lower right). Onions - between the bamboo protectors - have been planted next to silverbeet which is already being picked. The silverbeet will last a few more weeks. In the meantime the onions are protected by their leaves and are establishing early to ensure constant production.
Be careful during dry weather as the established plants will draw more water than the seedlings do. The seedlings will need to be watered separately.
I will cut up the roots of the silverbeet, once it is spent, rather than pull
the whole plant out and disturb the onion seedlings.
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