Mapping Your Garden Plot
Adapted from Michael Buchenau, Executive Director of Denver Urban Gardens April
Plant radish, green onions, peas, spinach, lettuce, carrots, beets, chard, onions, parsley, cilantro, and/or garlic. You could start other plants indoors such as tomatoes or peppers or purchase transplants later in the season.
Add tomatoes, basil (plant near the tomatoes), broccoli, cabbage, summer squash, beans, oregano, cucumbers, peppers, and eggplants.
Continue these plants and once the tomatoes grow big enough, you could begin to plant leaf lettuce around it as well as some marigolds. The goal is to mix different types of vegetables with flowers and herbs. A variety will help your garden grow most effectively.
You can start to add new plants such as brussel sprouts, kale, or cauliflower. Begin to think about shading what needs to be shaded and allowing sun to those plants that need extra sunlight.
Begin to plant some cover crops such as buckwheat to parts of your garden that needs more soil nourishment.
Begin to plant more cover crops such as hairy vetch and rye. Begin to think about putting your garden to bed.
Entire garden should contain a cover crop such as hairy vetch, rye, or buckwheat. You
can keep garlic in the soil over winter. Make sure to get everything else out of the garden. Adding nitrogen to the soil can be done by planting beans and adding compost. Nitrogen is needed to build strong stems and healthy green leaves. Certain plants take a lot of nutrients out of the soil, so you need to plant other crops that will add to the soil like beans or clover. Also, make sure to rotate where the plants were planted for next year.