Crop rotation and companion planting.
17 November 2009 21:54:49
Time to study.
That time of the year again to look through some more old charts over the year and see the next moves.The plan has always been to rotate the vegetable crops to new beds every year.Plans go by,
Roots to Thirds to Brassicas
Brassicas to Roots to Thirds.
Thirds to Brassicas to Roots.
The roots will be carrots,beetroots,parsnips,potatoes and beetroot.The Brassicas will be all the cabbage family.The Thirds will be legumes [peas and beans and all remaining veg] First the beds will be given the usual feeding.
Roots bed will get no manure or lime.Only fertiliser 2 weeks before sowing or in some cases planting.The brassicas will get some well rotted manure and fertiliser 2 weeks before sowing or planting.Thirds will be given some well rotted manure and fertiliser 2 weeks before sowing or also planting.The type of fertiliser used will be general purpose.When all is in place a selection of herbs and some flowers will be chosen as guards against pests and disease.It is important to rotate so the food source for the bad pests will have been removed and this will help wipe them out over time.