Backyard Gardener: Crop Rotation, Planting Carrots and Onions


BANGOR - With rain expected for much of the week, we took advantage of the sunny days and got planting.

Now that we're finally past the point of a potential overnight frost, we decided to plant a few early season crops in the garden.

This week we worked around the weather, tilling in compost, and learning about crop rotation.

University of Maine Cooperative Extension Specialist John Jemison says rotating plots each year, is key to minimizing the number of pests, weeds, and diseases.

Since our garlic is growing strong, we designated that section for root crops. We planted onion seedlings on one side, keeping in mind spacing.

On the other side, John showed us how to prepare a bed for the carrots, digging deep with a pitch fork, and breaking up top soil to allow the seeds to germinate.

He says mixing the seeds with sand can make planting easier.

Following planting, John says maintaining moisture in the soil is key. Water thoroughly to help the seeds germinate.

Next week, we will plant leaf crops and fruit crops.

Erin Thomas


Erin joined the ABC-7 and FOX Bangor news team in February 2012. She was born and raised in Presque Isle, Maine where she attended Presque Isle High School.  While in college Erin interned in the WVII news room before working as a Production Assistant.  In May of 2012, Erin received her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Maine, along with a minor in Anthropology.  When she's not out covering local news, Erin enjoys running, skiing, visiting with family and friends, and traveling around this beautiful state.  She is especially interested in outdoor adventure so if you have a story idea, send it her way!

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