Published on June 12, 2017
Why you should rotate crops in your edible garden:
What is crop rotation?
Crop rotation involves dividing your chosen “crops” into four main categories and rotating their placement yearly. Maintaining the same rotation pattern very year ensures that each area receives all four plant families in a four-year period.
Why rotate your crops?
Disease Prevention: The main reason to rotate crops is to prevent the spread of diseases from plant to plant. Disease organisms can build up over time in the soil, resulting in the death of crops year after year. Different plants will be more susceptible to certain diseases that will then thrive on those plants.
Insect control: Crop rotation can help reduce insect infestation between plants in the same way it will reduce disease.
Nutrients: Different families of plants will consume specific nutrients in the soil. Rotating crops will ensure nutrients are not being depleted in the soil and allow the soil to regain this lost nutrients from the previous year. Some plants enhance the soil so rotating will also ensure the opportunity for those plants to organically condition and enrich the soil.
Where do I start?
Start by dividing your vegetable garden into four main sections then begin to choose your crops. When choosing your crops divide them into four groups:
Legumes: - Beans - Pees - Lima beans - Potatoes
Roots: - Onions - Garlic - Turnips - Beets - Carrots - Radishes
Fruits: - Peppers - Tomatoes - Corn - Cucumber - Berries - Squash - Melons
Leaves: - Salad greens - Lettuce - Cabbage - Broccoli - Brussel sprouts - Edible flowers (teas)
Place each group in a quadrant of the garden. Every year, plant each group in a different quadrant of the garden, following a circular rotation style.
Do you grow your own edible garden? We'd love to see it! Share a photo on our Facebook page or tag us on Instagram (@geldermanlandscapeservices).
Post contributed by Chelsea Mills, Landscape Designer
Published on June 6, 2017
Thank you Amanda Beatson for the new artwork at our Waterdown Head Office.
Amanda Beatson, who works in our Landscape Construction department, purchased this painting by Kevin Mbugua as a gift for Gelderman Landscape Services while completing an internship with PACE (Pan African Christian Exchange) in Nyaharuru, Kenya during the spring of 2017.
Amanda worked at the PACE school and mission house in an environmental, gardening and animal care capacity. She provided alternative methods of crop growth to the community and assisted with landscape design. Amanda had previously spent two summers in Kenya working with Lakeside Missions to build new classrooms at the PACE school.
About the Artist
Kevin Mbugua is a young Kenyan man who is focused and determined to make a difference in his own life and his community through art. He started making art when he was in grade 4 and in 2015 during his grade 11 year he joined the art club at Pan African High School in Nyahururu, Kenya. Here he met and worked with other young talented artists who encouraged him and helped develop his talent.
Kevin has a dream to open an art studio with his close friend and fellow classmate and artist where they can reach out to other youth in the community. They hope to teach others to use art as an outlet and way of communicating with those around them. Kevin believes art can be an important part of other young people’s lives to develop them into more mature, expressive, and reliable people in their family, community, and country.
The painting started out as just a sunset over a river symbolizing the struggle Kevin and many youth in Kenya face working long hours doing any job they can to save money for school fees. Often they rise before or with the sun and retire late when the sun is setting again. This is also true when they are in school studying. Kevin decided to add the hippos to represent the fight he has to access education, stay in school and make a living for himself. He plans to do another similar painting later in 2017 after he graduates high school, this time with calm hippos symbolizing the end of his struggle to get an education.
Next time you're at our Waterdown office, stop by Joellen's office to see the painting in person.
Published on June 2, 2017
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Published on May 31, 2017
Our Landscape Designer, Chelsea Mills, was awarded third prize in the Fanshawe School of Design’s Canada 150 TD Environmental Design Competition, along with her 5 teammates.
Sixteen teams qualified to present their designs and suggestions for one of three different sites. Chelsea presented for her team, The UrbanWalkers Group, who redesigned Victoria Park and Reginald Cooper Square in London, Ontario.
The general design objectives set forth in the competition were to:
- Build vibrant and healthy communities with the broadest possible engagement of all Canadians
- Inspire a deeper understanding about people, places and events that shape our communities and our country
- Encourage participation in community initiatives, activities and events to mark Canada’s 150th Birthday.
These objectives would lead to outcomes including increased Belonging, Inclusion, Reconciliation and Connection.
Teams came from Fanshawe College, University of Guelph and Dalhousie University. Chelsea Mills is a Landscape Design Student at Fanshawe College, and one of the Adjudicators highlighted the presentation done by Chelsea and her teammate.