Vegetable and Potager Garden Update
November in the Vegetable Garden
By Michelle Connally, Collin County Master Gardener
Fall is becoming a memory and winter will soon be blowing in at the Potager and Vegetable Gardens. The 2016 production season has come to a close and we have some amazing numbers to share with our readers. The vegetable garden produced 713 pounds of produce with an additional 120 pounds from the potager. These 2016 numbers only reflect the yield from our spring and summer garden.
We had originally planned on following the approved 3-season garden and crop rotation. The team improvised a bit with planting cucumbers (Cucurbitacae family) after cabbage (Brassicas/ Cruciferae family). In addition, another eight beds were growing nitrogen-loving Oregon Snow Peas and Wando peas from the Leguminosae family in the spring and, for summer, Kentucky Pole Beans and Purple Hull Peas were planted.
Restoring nitrogen to the soil by sowing a fall cover crop of Austrian Winter Peas was recommended by Dr. Church for all beds, except for the SME (Subject Matter Expert) beds that already had a fall crop of Mabre Squash. The SME beds followed the crop rotation plan beginning with the 1015Y, Early White, and Red Creole onions (Liliaceae family) in the spring followed by Mabre Squash (Cucurbitaceae family) along with an appropriate companion intercropping. (Click here to learn more about intercropping.)
We have learned a lot from “Trowel and Error” at the top of the hill. We do the best we can in life and in the garden!