I have not followed my spring gardening plan for the community plot or my backyard. I usually deviate from my plans somewhat, but this year, I’ve completely abandoned them.
It all started with the onions and carrots. I had planned to grow onions and carrots at the community plot, thinking that these long-standing, single-harvest plants would be easier to maintain there than plants that need continual harvesting (like beans and greens). But the soil at the community plot is clay, and once I started digging in it, I despaired of getting decent-sized onions or carrots out of it, so I planted 90% of my onions in the backyard instead, and split my carrots between the backyard and the community plot.
That meant that I no longer had room for the beans I had planned to put in the backyard garden, so those now have to planted at the community garden. That’s no biggie, except that it makes isolation imperative if I want to save seeds from the purple longbeans, which I do. In addition to the longbeans (already planted, mostly for fresh eating), I’m also going to put in the following:
Since all those beans are going into the community plot now, I decided to plant more of them than I would have at home. So now I don’t really have room for the salsify I wanted to plant. There’s room for 1-2 salsify plants at home, but that’s it. That’s ok, because they are just an experiment any way.
The real problem is what to do with my northeast bed, which currently holds my spring greens. I had planned on replacing these with carrots and beets for harvesting in early fall, then growing my Fall greens in the southwest bed after the beans, but since I now have onions in the bean spot, that won’t work. So now what? I have about 2-1/2 months between when the spring greens will go to seed and the fall greens need to be planted. Do I leave that bed empty until then? That seriously goes against the grain. What can I plant there that will mature in only 2 months? I can put a podding radish there, but after that I’m stumped. Do you have any ideas?