planting fall brassicas where the potatoes once were

one of the major improvements to yield this year has been a more solid rotation.  we have always had a good rotation for fertility and disease management, we haven’t always done a great job of thinking what will follow for over all yield.  this combined with tighter bed spacings are making for what certainly at least appears to be some pretty great harvests – this last week at market we were able to provide cut flowers, basil, leeks, onions, potatoes, green tomatoes, ripe cherry tomatoes, jalapeno peppers, hungarian wax peppers, yellow crook-neck squash, zucchini, broccoli, cabbage, collards, beets, and kale.  not too shabby.

in order to keep the whole thing going we need to be planting fall crops behind the things that we are harvesting, and with the garlic out we are able to plant a late planting of squash and cucumbers, and where the potatoes were before we are planting the fall greens.

fall brassicas planted out this last week

that giant weedy patch on the right is actually potatoes that we need to harvest very soon to keep getting the rest of the greens in.   it is likely that we will be harvesting them this morning, and if everything goes according to plan planting the greens this morning in its place.  cabbage is on the left , two rows of red russian kale on the right.


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