Planting season is here and I have spent the last several weeks digging in the garden and building some loud-and-proud garden beds. I have had several people ask me how to “spring clean” the garden and prepare the raised beds. Above you see my full shade vegetable French Potager garden completely replanted. Below I tell you how I did it.
How To Replant A Raised Garden Bed —
- Dig out old plant material from previous year;Kale, Parsley, and Celery overwintered and grew back. I dug them out and replanted them elsewhere. (See above.)
- Amend soil; last season I added plenty of rotted manure, so this season I added fresh Organic Mechanics Potting Soil mixed with Organic Mechanics Worm Castings and Actino-Iron, which is an organic fungicide and Iron supplement. The goal is to keep the soil fertile and alive without adding chemical fertilizer and also work to prevent fungus and mildew build up in the shade beds.
- Plant the raised beds; I prefer rotating crops, so reorganized the beds in a pattern that mixed the vegetables up significantly from last year. First I lay out the beds in the design I prefer, then I plant. This season I am using Bonnie Plants for my herb and vegetable supplier. (See below).
I planted several vegetables and herbs that will perform well in full shade – lettuce, celery, parsley, basil, collard greens, and thai basil. Also, I mixed in coleus to add some color to the beds.
Here’s last season’s post with a full list of vegetable varieties that do well in the shade – LINK.
Special Note – Because the FTC requires it, I am letting you know that Bonnie Plants, Organic Mechanics Soil, and Natural Industries supplied the plants, soil, and soil additives I used in this garden. I donate a large portion of the vegetables I grow in my soil-improved garden to the local food pantry when harvested.