As the Summer gardens start to wind down, we’ve started planting our Fall gardens. This year we’re growing broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, kale, spinach, mustard greens, collards and turnip greens. Hopefully we will have an abundant harvest beginning in a couple of months.
In the past we operated on two three-garden rotations: legumes to vegetables to fallow. This year we switched to an eight-garden rotation based on Eliott Coleman’s model: sweet corn to tubers to squash to root crops to beans to tomatoes to peas to brassicas. Now we have one large garden devoted to nothing but brassicas (although I’m going to cheat a little this year and also follow our green beans with some Fall greens). Next year I’m adding a ninth garden, which will be devoted to watermelons and cantaloupes.
Plenty of good food on the way…