The Gardens

Before we go into detail of what we plant in the garden we must not ignore the multitude of edible plants which grow unassisted and without need of maintenance from us.

Donations for seeds

We ask all our friends, visitors and supporters from near and far to help us buy organic seeds for our garden.

Donate to our seed pool by paypal or in person when you come for a visit. You can also pledge an amount and donate the money on your next visit, send us an email with your pledge amount to kuckucksmuehle@ecohackerfarm.org

Planting Schedule

You can follow our planting schedule below:

Companion planting combinations

Using powerplant we found out the best companion planting combinations for this year:

Combinations Location for planting
Carrots, Lettuce, Peas Mandala Garden (bed 20)
Beans, Peas, Cucumber Mandala Garden (beds 23, 19)
Basil, Tomato Yard Greenhouse
Beets, Brussel Sprouts Mandala Garden (bed numbers tbc)
Celery, Parsley Herb Garden
Radish, Spinach Mandala Garden (bed numbers tbc)
Borage, Cabbage, Cucumber Mandala Garden (bed numbers tbc)
Broad beans, corn Mandala Garden (bed numbers tbc)
Camomile, Eggplant Mandala Garden (bed numbers tbc)
Garlic, Onions Mandala Garden (17, 18)
Peas, Spinach Mandala Garden (6, 9, 25)

Not all items from our seed stocklist are on the app though which means we still have quite a lot of manual work to do, including a planting schedule.

Plant History / Plan
Kapuzinerkresse (Nasturtium) Planted April 2018
Knoblauchsrauke (Garlic mustard) Planted April 2018
Basil planted in the greenhouse April 2018
Celery New plant to be added this year
Parsley planted in the greenhouse April 2018
Mint Self seeding year to year
Lovage Self seeding year to year
Chives Self seeding year to year
Thyme Self seeding year to year
Shallots Self seeding year to year
Rose bush Self seeding year to year
Wild grapevine Self seeding year to year

Wall strip

Plant History / Plan
Oregano Planted April 2018
Taragon Planted April 2018
Lovage Planted April 2018
Melissa Planted April 2018
Peppermint Planted April 2018
Kapuzinerkresse (Nasturtium) Planted April 2018

The dogs dug up all the bed unfortunately. For next year we will need to fence this area if we want to use for planting.

Square bed

Plant Location History / Plan
Garlic 1st row on the left Self seeded from last year
Flowers 1st row at the front Planted April 2018
Carrots 1st row on the right Planted April 2018
Green peas 2 rows on the left Planted May 2018
Pumpkin 3 rows on the right Transplanted May 2018
Lettuce between rows Planted June 2018

Near shower area

Plant Location History / Plan
Tomato near cherry tree Planted May 2018
Pumpkin near cherry tree Planted May 2018
Green peas near cherry tree Planted May 2018
Radish near cherry tree Planted June 2018
Pumpkin near trailer Planted May 2018
Tomatoes tomato shelter Planted May 2018
Paprika tomato shelter Planted May 2018
Mangold / Chard semi-circle bed Planted May 2018
Green peas semi-circle bed Planted May 2018
Lettuce semi-circle bed Planted June 2018

You can view a plan of the mandala garden here

Bed number Plant History / Plan Bed status
1 Mangold, Blackbeets, Cucumber, Radish Planted April, May 2018 Full
2 Carrots, Peas, Mangold, Spinach, Lettuce, Radish Planted April, May, June 2018 Full
3 Garlic, Dill, Soya, Radish, Lettuce Planted April, May, June 2018 Space left between
4 Garlic, Basil, Mangold, Spinach, Lettuce Planted April, May, June 2018 Full
5 Lettuce, Broccoli, Cabbage Transplanted / Planted May 2018 Full
6 Spinach, Cabbage Planted April, May 2018 Full
7 Radish, Spinach, Mangold Planted April, May 20 Full
8 Strawberries, Borage Planted in 2017, May 2018 Full
9 Spinach, Mangold Planted April, May 2018 Full
10 Spinach, Corn, Carrots, Radish, Chamomile Planted April, May, July 2018 Space left - check row
11 Strawberries Planted in 2017 Full
12 Strawberries, mint Planted in 2017, planted April 2018 Full
13 Pumpkins, Mangold transplanted May 2018 Full
14 Strawberries Planted in 2017 Full
15 Pumpkins, Mangold transplanted May 2018 Full
16 Spinach, Cucumber, Mangold Planted April, May 2018 Full
17 Onion, Garlic (SS), Radish, Carrots Planted April, July 2018 Full
18 Onion, Garlic (SS), Mangold Planted April 2018 Full
19 Broad beans, Climbing peas, Cabbage Planted end of March, May 2018 Full
20 Climbing peas, Mohlrabi, Cabbage Planted end of March, May 2018 Full
21 Pumpkin Transplanted May 2018 Full
22 Pumpkin, Kohlrabi Transplanted May 2018 Full
23 Broad beans, Climbing peas, Mangold, Cabbage Planted end of March 2018, transplanted in May 2018 Full
24 Pumpkin Transplanted May 2018 Full
25 Pumpkin Transplanted May 2018 Full
26 Pumpkin Transplanted May 2018 Space left, check row
27 Pumpkin, Kohlrabi Transplanted May 2018 Full
28 Pumpkin, Kohlrabi Transplanted May 2018 Full
29 Pumpkin & beans Transplanted May 2018 Full
30 Flowers, Melissa, Borage Flowers planted in 2018, April, May 2018 Full
31 Rhubarb Self seeding from previous years Full
32 Wild mushrooms & butterfly flowersFlowers planted in 2018 Full
33 Carrots, Mangold, Spinach Planted April. May 2018 Full
34 Carrots, Spinach, (Tr) Kohlrabi, Mangold Planted April, May 2018, (tr) May 2018 Full
35 Corn, Mangold, Spinach Planted May 2018 Full
36 Spinach, Mangold, Radish, Carrots Planted May, July 2018 Full
37 Corn, Mangold, Spinach Planted May 2018
38 Rose bushes Planted in 2017
39 Raspberries Planted in 2017
40 Raspberries Planted in 2017
41 Raspberries Planted in 2017
42 Pumpkin Transplanted May 2018 Full
43 Kohlrabi, Lettuce Transplanted May 2018 Full
44 Potatoes Planted April 2018 8x planted (no more potatoes)

We also took cuttings from flower trees and planted them along the south facing bottom end of the garden.

Seeds planted indoors / greenhouse

Date planted Name of plant Quantity Notes / Updates
27/2/2018 Paprika 54 starter pods 10/04/2018 19 plants successfully transplanted into larger pots in the greenhouse
27/2/2018 Basil 36 starter pods
27/2/2018 Parsley 36 starter pods 02/04/2018 there could by some seedlings but they need to be a bit larger for identification, a couple of plants transplanted
27/2/2018 Lovage 36 starter pods 02/04/2018 there could by some seedlings but they need to be a bit larger for identification, unusable
31/03/2018 Broccoli 11 plants in pots 10/04/2018 10 plants look good, 1 looks like it's not going to make it, transplanted
04/04/2018 Physallis 5 in pots transplanted
04/04/2018 Basil 1 in pot transplanted
04/04/2018 Parsley 1 in pot unusable
04/04/2018 Chives 1 in pot transplanted, dug up by dogs
04/04/2018 Cress 1 in pot 16/04/2018 ready for harvest
04/04/2018 mixed variety lettuce 54 starter pods transplanted
04/04/2018 mixed variety paprika 66 starter pods need to transplant asap
04/04/2018 italian tomatoes 12 starter pods transplanted
06/04/2018 aubergine 12 starter pods unusable
06/04/2018 mixed variety paprika 12 starter pods transplanted
06/04/2018 pumpkin 30 starter pods transplanted & at stall
10/04/2018 cucumber 45, 36, 39, 18,9 started pods transplanted & at stall
10/04/2018 lettuce greenhouse left and right 12/05/2018 nothing sprouted
10/04/2018 kohlrabi 24, 10, 18 starter pods transplanted
10/04/2018 pumpkin 12, 56, 18 starter pods transplanted
10/04/2018 cabbage 30, 56 starter pods transplanted
10/04/2018 beans 56, 18 starter pods transplanted
10/04/2018 zucchini 56 starter pods transplanted
10/04/2018 rucola 56, 56, 56 starter pods transplanted, most of them unusable
10/04/2018 melon back right on the greenhouse nothing sprouted
10/04/2018 celery 9 started pods nothing sprouted
12/04/2018 tomatoes 9 small plants transplanted
13/04/2018 lettuce 6 small plants 16/04/2018 leaves ready for harvest
16/04/2018 melon 3x 54 starter pods planted in Aaron's greenhouse
16/04/2018 lettuce 54 starter pods transplanted
16/04/2018 peas 2x 54 starter pods eaten by mice! - dont put the tray on the ground
16/04/2018 borage 54 starter pods successful seedlings transplanted
21/04/2018 kress 3x 54 starter pods transplanted
21/04/2018 salad 4x 54 starter pods successful seedlings transplanted
21/04/2018 cucumber 2x 54 starter pods transplanted
21/04/2018 borage 54 starter pods successful seedlings transplanted
21/04/2018 zucchini 54 starter pods
21/04/2018 onion 54 starter pods
21/04/2018 anise 27 starter pods
21/04/2018 butternut squash 27 starter pods
21/04/2018 mangold 50 starter pods
21/04/2018 peas 4 x 54 starter pods
21/04/2018 salad 50 starter pods
21/04/2018 tomatoes 4 x starter pods

Seed stocklist

In order to plan well we first have to know what seeds we have, this will help people who want to support us to know which seeds we need to source for the next planting season. In 2017 we spent over 100 eur on seeds for this next season we would like to make better use of the seeds we have and also the seeds we get through donations.

Seed stock list for planning this season

On pp Name Quantity expiry sow needs harvest package open / closed
Y Carrots / Nantesa 5 nares 45 grs 2018 Julysandy non stoney ground November open x1 closed x1 planted
Y Climbing beans / Goldmarie / Stangenbohne 100gr n/a March (GH) / May till End of June sunny, sheltered from wind, soft ground June till August (GH), July to Septemberopen x1planted closed x1
Y Salad / Glattblättrige Endivie 5grs n/a mid June to end Julysunny, sheltered from wind, soft ground September to Novemberopenplanted
Y Radish / Radies Saxa 2 / Raphanus sativus 8 meter string 2021 April to May (D) part sunny, good soft ground April to June open x1 closed x1
Y Celery / Knollensellerie Prinz c. 50 seeeds n/a February to March (GH), April to May (D) part sunny, good soft ground, compost September to November open
Y Spinach / Spinat Matador 50 grs February till March, August till September sunny, good soft ground May till June, September till November open x1planted closed x1 planted
Y Italian tomatoes 30 seeds closedplanted
Y Italian basil 10 grs closed
Y Red & Green romaine lettuce / Roter romana salat 10grs open x2planted
Y Crispy lettuce / Pflücksalat Amerikan / Lattuga sativa var. Capitata 40grs March till Mid August (GH), April to mid August (D) sunny, good soft ground May till October open x1planted closed x1
N Lovage 100 seeds open - self grown
N Rhubarb Chard / Mangold / Intense 20grs 2019 April till August part sheltered, good soft ground, regular composting May till October open x2planted closed x2
N Savory / Bruhnenkraut 10 grs n/a March till April (GH), May till August (D) sunny, good soft ground June till September open
Y Cucumber / Bellpuig 40 seeds 2021 March (GH), April to May July to August open
Z Zucchini / Negro Bellezza 40 seeds 2021 March (GH), April to May(D) July to August open
N Blackroot / Schwarzwurzeln / Meres 30 grs n/a March till April sunny, good soft ground October to December closedplanted
Y Pumpkin 315 grs open - self grown
N Paprika 15 grs open - self grown
Y Carrots / Möhren Harlekin Mischung 5gr 2021 March till June sunny, well drained soil, well composted ground July till November open planted
Y Brussel Sprouts / Rosenkohl 6 grs n/a March to April (GH), April to May (D) part sheltered, good soft ground October till December closed x1planted open x1
Y Radish / Radieschen Falco 10grs n/a Mid March till September sunny, good soft ground May till Octoberclosed x2 planted
N Kohlrabi / Delikatess Witte 5 grs 2020 March till April (GH), May till June (D) sunny, very good soil July till October openplanted
Y Parsley / Comun 2 20 grs 2020 March till June fertilize well July to September open
N Kohlrabi / Superschmalz 10grs n/a March to April (GH), April to May (D) sunny, soft good ground August till October open x1planted closed x1
YCucumber 10 grs n/aopen -self grown planted
N Kale / Grünkohl Blattkohl / Black magic 5grs n/a April till June (D) start in pots in the GH, sunny soft ground and compost October till February closed
N Kohlrabi / Delikatess blauer 10grs 2021 March to April (GH), May till June (D) sunny, soft good ground July till October closed x1
N Rosehips 20 seedsopen - self harvested
N Physallis 10 grs open - self harvested planted
Y Apple 10 grs open - self grown
N Rucola / Würzrauke Bologna Eruca x hybrida 5 grs n/a March till September part sheltered, soft good ground May till December openplanted
N nasturtium 20 seeds open - self grownunusable
N Berg-bohnenkraut 10 grs open planted

New seeds bought in 2018

On pp Name Quantity expiry sow needs harvest package open / closed
N Pepperoni 1x packet March - indoors May - transplant outdoors Planted
N Edible flowers mix 2x packet Planted
Y borage1x packet Planted
N Garlic mustard1x packet Planted
Y New Zealand spinach1x packet March - indoors Late April - transplant outdoors May - sow directly Closed
Y Lincolnshire spinach1x packet March - indoors Late April - transplant outdoors May - sow directly Closed
Y Onions 1x packet August - sow directly Closed
Y strawberry corn 1x packet Mid to end May - sow directly Planted
Y Colorful sweetcorn mix 1x packet Mid to end May - sow directly Planted
Y Cucumber “Znojmia”Cucumber “Old Germans”2x packet April - sow in GH Planted
N Soybean “spark”1x packet Planted
Y Eggplant “Early Violet”1x packet April - plant indoors, Mid May to June - transplant outdoors Planted
Y Real chamomile 1x packet Planted
N The bird mix 1x packet Planted
Y Mark trunk cabbage, Prignitzer 1x packet March - plant indoors, Mid April to May - transplant outdoors Planted
N Kale1x packet Closed
N Herb mix 1x packet Planted
Y Broad bean “Grootbohne”1x packet March - sow directly Planted
Y Green peas “Northeastern Early Green”1x packet Mid-March to Mid- April - sow directly Planted

Harvest Data Logging

The article would be incomplete if we didn't log how much harvest we make during our productive months. Below you can see the graph with a summary of this information.

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