Really getting into my planting list now. As mentioned in my previous Planting List post I’ve been looking at what we eat, and comparing that with the list of tried-and-tested plants for aquaponics systems over at Backyard Aquaponics. Been going through the Garden Organic Catalogue to get an idea of the range of varieties and their planting times etc. I then combined that with expected yield information from my well-thumbed copy of John Jeavons’ “How to grow more vegetables”. and current pricing info from Sainsbury’s.  This gives me a good idea of how much we can expect of each plant and what it’ll be worth to us. It’ll be interesting to see which plants meet or exceed these yields, as they are specifically derived from soil-based techniques.

This is really our first-year test list, so I’ve deliberately gone for a broad range of varieties. Once we start to see which varieties do best I’ll start to reduce the range a little, although I’m very keen to try and keep a diversity of crops to minimise the impact of any particular failures or diseases.

OK, Here goes:

Front Bed (south)
Varieties Plants Yield/kg Value
Bed 1 – Herbs
Plain Parsley (for summer)
PARSLEY Italian Giant (for winter)
BASIL Sweet Green
CORIANDER
DILL
GARLIC
Bed 2 – Lettuces
LETTUCE Lattughino (Loose) 4 2.3 £4.65
LETTUCE Veneziana (C&CA) 5 2.9 £5.81
LETTUCE Winter Density (Cos-style) 3 1.7 £3.49
LETTUCE Rouge d Hiver (Semi-Cos) 3 1.7 £3.49
CLAYTONIA Winter Purslane 10
CORN SALAD Vit 3
Rocket – Winter & Summer 4
Total £17.44
Bed 3 – Lettuce & Strawberries
STRAWBERRY Honeoye (Early) 4 1.8 £7.14
LETTUCE Belize 4 2.3 £4.65
LETTUCE Bughatti 4 2.3 £4.65
Total £16.44
Bed 4 – Strawberries
STRAWBERRY Aromel (Perpetual) 4 1.8 £7.14
STRAWBERRY Hapil (Midseason) 1 0.4 £1.79
STRAWBERRY Pegasus (Midseason) 1 0.4 £1.79
STRAWBERRY Florence (Late) 2 0.9 £3.57
Total £14.28
Bed 5 – Leeks
LEEK Musselburgh 30 12.0 £30.93
LEEK The Lyon 24 9.6 £24.74
LEEK Varna (Mini – Fill in 1cm space) Fill In 1.0 £2.58
Total £58.25
Bed 6 – Cauliflower
CAULIFLOWER Snow March (Winter) 2 1.2 £1.16
CAULIFLOWER Purple Cape (Winter) 2 1.2 £1.16
CAULIFLOWER Igloo (Mini/Full) 12 3.5 £3.49
CAULIFLOWER Maystar (Winter) 2 1.2 £1.16
Total £6.98
Bed 7 – Squash & Courgette
SQUASH Sucrine du Berry (Flavour) 1 1.0 £1.29
SQUASH Marina di Chioggia 1 1.0 £1.29
SQUASH Butternut Sprinter 1 1.0 £1.29
SQUASH Turks Turban 1 1.0 £1.29
COURGETTE 2 6.1 £12.08
Total £17.24
Centre Beds
Varieties Plants Yield/kg Value
Bed 1 – Tomatoes
TOMATO Brandywine (Large) 2 7.0 £12.42
TOMATO White Beauty (med) 1 3.5 £6.21
TOMATO San Marzano (Plum) 3 10.5 £18.62
TOMATO Zuckertraube (Cherry) 1 3.5 £10.46
TOMATO Lylia Cerisette (Cherry) 1 3.5 £10.46
TOMATO Lily of the Valley (Cherry) 1 3.5 £10.46
Total £68.63
Bed 2 – Peas & Beans
PEA Pilot (1.2-1.5m) (Early) 20 0.5 £0.77
PEA Meteor (0.4m) (Early) 15 0.4 £0.57
PEA Feltham First (0.4m) (Early) 15 0.4 £0.57
PEA Sugar Pea Norli (Mangetout 0.6m) 35 0.8 £5.42
SNAP POD PEA Sugar Bon (Mangetout .6m) 35 0.8 £5.42
PEA Kelvedon Wonder (45cm) 20 0.5 £0.77
PEA Markana (75cm) 20 0.5 £0.77
DRYING BEAN Soissons (Flageolet-Climbing) 30 0.7 £1.35
CLIMBING BEAN Barlotta Lingua di Fuoco 30 0.7 £1.35
HARICOT BEAN Brown Dutch (Baked Beans) 30 0.7 £1.35
Total £18.34
Bed 3 – Peppers, Cucumber, Pumpkins
PEPPER Tequila Sunrise 2 0.7 £5.88
PEPPER Sweet Nardello (90cm) 2 0.7 £5.88
PEPPER Marconi Rossa 2 0.7 £5.88
CUCUMBER Melen (Mini) 11 12.5 £25.09
CUCUMBER Telegraph (Traditional) 11 12.5 £25.09
SQUASH Golden Hubbard (Stores) 2 2.1 £2.70
PUMPKIN Vegetable Spaghetti 2 2.1 £2.70
Total £73.22
Rear Bed (north)
Varieties Plants Yield/kg Value
Bed 1 – Herbs & Garlic
Bed 2 – Oriental Veg & Broccoli
PAK CHOI Canton Dwarf 9 1.0 £5.95
Broccoli (Purp) 2 2.0 £3.95
CALABRESE Romanesco 2 2.0 £3.95
CHOY SUM Purple 9 1.0 £5.95
Total £19.79
Bed 3 – Onions & Shallots
ONION Stuttgarter Giant 12 1.7 £1.49
SHALLOTS Longor 10 1.4 £4.60
ONION Torpedo Red Florence 12 1.7 £1.76
ONION Torpedo Owa 30 4.2 £3.72
SPRING ONION Ramrod 20 2.8 £6.98
Total £18.55
Bed 4 – Spinach and Chard
SPINACH Giant Winter 12 1.7 £8.07
LEAF BEET Swiss Chard 6 4.2 £9.69
LEAF BEET Perpetual Spinach 12 1.7 £8.07
LEAF BEET Rhubarb Chard 6 4.2 £9.69
Total £35.52
Bed 5 – Melons
Early: Earlidawn (musk), Fastbreak (Cantaloupe)
Standard: Ogen (Cantaloupe)
7 1.8 £3.63
Total £3.63
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