I love my raised beds + some questions

I love my raised beds + some questions

last year, circumstances were just right and i was able to turn my whole veggie patch into raised beds. we've been gardening for years but i hated the thought of using the pitchfork to till the soil one more year. home depot had the timber on sale. i grabbed my brother and loaded up my little ford escape. best thing i ever did for the garden!

for years my gardening adventure didn't start until mid may because the ground was so hard. i missed out on getting in an early spring crop. so the majority of my experience has been with tomatoes, cukes, squash and greens. this year, although i am later than what intended, getting the garden ready has been a breeze due to the raised beds. garden prep used to take me a week, now it took me just one day. the weeding was almost non existent. adding amendments to the soil, where it needs it rather than all over, was easier.

this year i'm trying new things.my gardening style is a hybrid of intensive and square foot gardening. i use a lot of organic methods including companion planting. although my family has gardened for years, we are trying a few new things. one of them is a cabbage patch (red and green cabbage, broccoli, and sprouts. as i've done my research, i've heard of the cabbage worm, broccoli worm and other pests. what is the best way to fight against them? i did pick up (i finally found one locally!) a floating row cover. but is there something else i should do, or plant with these veggies (i have planted celery, and onions in the same bed as companions according to a few websites).

potatoes are the other new thing i'm trying. one of my yoga students was generous and shared with me a few of her seedlings (a red potato and a fingerling variety...one of early, the other mid season). i've never grown potatoes before. because i do try and stuff as much into my veggie patch as i can, i keep going back and forth about whether it would be better to grow them in the garden itself...OR to grow them in an alternate way (pots, bag, rubbermaid box with holes in it, garbage can, etc). has anyone done any of the alternative methods? what was your results? would you do it again or would you change something you did?

garlic is also new. i've read other places that garlic should be started in the fall. well, no where locally it was on sale in the fall, but i found it sold this weekend and picked some up. i'm Zone 6 (coastal connecticut to be exact). would it be okay to put garlic in now? and is there anything special i need to do with garlic? onions were new to me last year and they were awesome with such little work.

So far in the garden i have: 6 red cabbage, 6 green cabbage, 6 broccoli, 6 brussel sprouts, 12 celery, 1 early girl tomato, 1 big boy tomato, 6 buttercrunch lettuce, 6 romaine, 6 iceberg, numerous spinach, three varieties of onion bulbs (too many to count), garlic, sweet peas.

I'm holding off on my tomatoes because 1. it's not time yet, and 2. i'm holding out for white flower farm's tomatomania in May to search particular varietys (sun sugar, & black cherry). i'm known in my neighbourhood to go a little crazy with my tomatoes. last year we did 13 different varieties (don't ask about how many plants cause i have no clue) and a few years ago the garden was nothing but tomatoes and cukes. this year because i want more plant variety, i am only doing 8 different varieties. (tomato recommendations welcome!)

thanks in advance.

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