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Ghislaine de Lessines
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I'm looking at a seed catalog that just came in the mail and it occurred to me that I might like to have all the milder greens like lettuce in one color while the spicy or bitter flavored ones would get another color. Or fresh eating greens vs ones I'd prefer to cook. It occurred to me that it'd make it easier to harvest what I would like from polycultures. Does anyone do anything like this?
 
Amjad Khan
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Good Morning Ghislaine,

I don't quite understand what it is you are colouring. Plant pots? Or do you mean growing varieties that share a similar colour in each category?

I have heard of someone planting their plants in what they had called a "Grocery Aisle pattern" for harvest dates. – Fruit that is ready to harvest at similar times should be planted in “aisles” to make harvesting organized.

I just found where I heard the idea originally! Miracle Farms

I'm sorry that my answer might not address what your question is asking, but I thought I'd give it a shot.

Good luck to you,

Amjad
 
Tegan Russo
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I grew a greens mix last year and had a hard time telling what some of the plants were and when to harvest them, so I think it's a great idea to choose varieties that look different for planting together! Red lettuce doesn't look like anything else that comes up in my garden so it's easy to identify. Carrots are also good if you don't want to mistake your plants for a weed. I think I may have accidentally pulled up some radishes this fall when I was cleaning up because they look so much like other random green things that like to grow in my garden and are not delicious.
 
Ghislaine de Lessines
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Amjad Khan wrote:Good Morning Ghislaine,

I don't quite understand what it is you are colouring. Plant pots? Or do you mean growing varieties that share a similar colour in each category?

I have heard of someone planting their plants in what they had called a "Grocery Aisle pattern" for harvest dates. – Fruit that is ready to harvest at similar times should be planted in “aisles” to make harvesting organized.

I just found where I heard the idea originally! Miracle Farms

I'm sorry that my answer might not address what your question is asking, but I thought I'd give it a shot.

Good luck to you,

Amjad


Ah yes, I see that my post wasn't all that clear was it? I meant color coding the varieties. So greens that I want to eat fresh would be red lettuces for example while ones that I want to cook first, like kale I'd stick to green varieties. Thanks for giving responding to my post a shot! I appreciate it!

Thank you for your response also Tegan!
 
Peter Ellis
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Never considered that idea. Definitely wrestle with identifying plants in polycultures. I think the fundamental key is developing adequate plant recognition skills.

In the meantime, I do segregated plantings and try to gain familiarity with the plants.
 
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