Be sure to plan your garden, it’s worth it! - 04. January 2021
Taking a little time now to plan will make it easier for your garden all year round. The flowerbeds can be optimised, and you can stagger planting the seeds. You will not only have healthier plants, but you will also prevent the main harvest from falling right in the middle of your holiday!
1. Type of garden: Are you going for flowers, or on vegetables this year? Classic vegetable garden or big pots on the balcony? By choosing your varieties and quality organic seeds, you will always have a good harvest.
2. Garden Size: With restricted areas, compromise is needed, and very productive varieties must be chosen. Runner beans, tomatoes and cucumbers can grow tall. Sow fast-growing vegetables such as spinach, lettuces or radishes in a staggered manner.
3. Time and challenges: How much time will you spend on your vegetable garden? Decide on a realistic time, ideally a fixed weekly schedule. This way, your garden will not turn into a jungle and you will have healthier plants.
4. Climate: Where you choose to plant has a great influence on how your crops grow. At high altitudes, the seasons are short, but can be extended with mulching or a small greenhouse. The latter also protects against rain in humid climates.
5. Type of soil: Avoid root vegetables on heavy or pebble-rich soils. Test your soil type, adapt crops, and apply fertiliser if needed.
6. Sun: Your plants feed on LIGHT. Demanding plants such as tomatoes or aubergines will have difficulty growing in a shaded area. Don't forget this when planning!
As soon as you have answered all these questions, you can draw a garden plan like this one. We wish you every success with our organic seeds!
It does not necessarily take a huge garden to produce a beautiful harvest. With just a little planning, a small plot or even a few pots on the balcony can produce enough vegetables to feed a small family.
SMALL GARDEN: FOR BALCONIES AND TERRACES
Planning is the basis for a good harvest.
Sow small lines of fast-growing vegetables such as radishes, lettuce, and rocket every 10 days. At the far back, plant tall species (tomatoes, runner beans) to leave enough light for the other crops. Use the spaces between the plants to plant spinach, spring onions and Asian cabbage, which can be quickly harvested.
Adapt your crops to its location. All plants have their needs, and tomatoes, aubergines or peppers will simply not flourish without light and heat. If your balcony is slightly shaded, you might prefer beans or salads, for example.
Start from a good base. In addition to light and heat, plants need nutrients from the soil. Offer them a suitable substrate: A
tomato plant requires at least 25 litres of soil volume. Root vegetables require a light depth of soil of at least 25cm to grow. Salads, aromatic herbs, or Asian cabbage are less demanding.
Aim high. Choose species that grow high to compensate for the small area. Runner beans grow up along ropes or poles. Tomatoes and cucumbers can be attached and guided to grow high. Make sure you regularly harvest all the fruits of your plant, so that it continues to produce new ones. Manual pollination may be necessary for squash and courgettes (see page 27.)
Plants are hungry. Without water and nutrients, nothing grows. Ensure you water them regularly, preferably in the morning or evening. But be careful! Too much water can also drown plants. Organic fertiliser (e.g. Hauert Biorga) can be added to the irrigation water in the recommended concentrations.
MEDIUM-SIZED GARDEN: 10–30 M2 FOR FRESH VEGETABLES ON A DAILY BASIS
With a garden of this size, you can harvest fresh vegetables daily, and in summer, almost avoid buying any at all.
Getting started Start with early planting as early as March, with fast-growing vegetables such as peas, carrots, radishes, salads, or spring onions. You'll get your first vitamins from May!
Wait for the Ice Saints From 15th May, you can plant tomatoes, peppers, courgettes, and squash outdoors - ideally in a sunny and rain-protected area. These plants will provide you with beautiful crops throughout the summer and autumn.
Sowing and staggered crops Optimise your area and crops by planting in a staggered manner, for example, plant a line of radishes and carrots every 10-14 days. In the summer, plant kohlrabi or cauliflower between your tomatoes where they will take their place in autumn.
Avoid fallow surfaces Avoid empty surfaces when planting green manure after harvesting. It’s a well-deserved break for the ground and the bees appreciate it! In the autumn, plant spinach and lamb’s lettuce on your empty flowerbeds to get fresh vegetables just in time for Christmas!
LARGE GARDEN: >30 M2 BECOME COMPLETELY SELF SUFFICIENT!
You have a beautiful space in your garden and a little time to devote to it - how lucky! With some good planning, you can avoid having to buy vegetables all summer long.
The harvest is for those who plant early! Ensure an early harvest by planting the following in March: ‘Sprinter from Marbach’ peas, spinach, ‘Tip Top’ carrots, spring onions, leeks, and a nice assortment of salads.
Ensure continuity Every 1-2 weeks, make sure to replant rocket, ‘mesclun’ lettuce leaves, and ‘Saxa’ radish.
Keep your stock! From 15th May, plant the ‘Tachête précoce’ beans, grey courgettes, and butternut squash for abundant vegetables.
Don't forget winter vegetables! Most species are grown in winter. This includes classics such as lamb’s lettuce or spinach, more modern variants such as Tatsoi, Pai Tsai and other Asian vegetables, or specialties such as winter cauliflower and winter mangetout. This means you'll have vitamins throughout the cold season and harvest in the spring before everyone else!