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Johnplotman's Journal

Johnplotman's Journal

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Crop rotation and companion planting.

17 November 2009 21:54:49
Time to study.

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.


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Mairin Mairin 17 November 2009 22:11:45

Another one of your journals which I have copied and saved as you give such useful advice on the practicalities.  Thank you.


Rachel Rachel 17 November 2009 22:15:02

I think ornamental gardening is much simpler!


milkchurns milkchurns 17 November 2009 22:29:46

good man john.i myself was planning next years beds in the polytunnel. i will have to wait until i have all the outside beds move before i can plan them.i have two moved and 5 more to go.


Jacinta Jacinta 17 November 2009 23:49:35

That's gna be a long hard slog, milkchurns.


Johnplotman Johnplotman 18 November 2009 17:37:33

You are welcome Mairin.Hopefully it will be of some use to you in the veg garden.

Good luck with the rest of the garden work Paul.You have a big job in front of you.

Ornamental gardening is much simplier like you mention Rachel.Its when a little bit of pottaging is done with both those and the ornamental veg plants along with some of the ordinary vegetables that things get a little tougher. 


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