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  •  Thanks for that,, (3+ / 0-)
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    RunawayRose, bythesea, mieprowan

    your season is so different to ours..We get wonderful peas...but we crop rotate between beds.

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    by ohcanada on Sun May 10, 2009 at 07:52:54 PM PDT

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    •  yeah, always a good idea (3+ / 0-)
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      RunawayRose, ohcanada, bythesea

      especially if you see some kind of problem from microorganisms that overwinter in the soil. Or, for that matter, even suspect it.

      Now peas are nice at the start of seasons because they will fix some nitrogen in the soil to be available to the next crop, and if the next crop is leafy greens, all the better - and what better to have coming up afterwards to use the nitrogen?

      I never seem to manage to get the last crop to be done before the next one is ready, though, so I'm thinking about planting (example) the peas along one side of one row, and then maybe a few or several weeks later (depending on climate) the leafy greens, and the brassicas (broccoli etc.) on the other side of the row.

      Seriously, I plant all the legume seed (non-invasive legume seed that is) that might do anything at all here, that I can get my hands on, especially if it's a gift, because nitrogen is such a limiting factor in desert soils. Other than that, we're in pretty good shape. Nitrogen and water is what we need.

      I'm not getting much response on this diary but that doesn't matter; I've been thinking about doing this for a long time. This is fun. Next part will be about living shade: trees, shrubs, and maybe some stuff about companion planting. I'll see what I get for feedback and take it from there later next week.

      Happy planting!

      Miep

      "We ARE as gods, and might as well get good at it." - Whole Earth Catalog

      by mieprowan on Sun May 10, 2009 at 08:08:59 PM PDT

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