Allotment crop rotation

I've been looking at a variety of crop rotation systems, and while they vary in detail, they are all the same in basic outline. Essentially, over a three or four year period they vary the crops and fertilisers used to ensure maximum soil fertility and to avoid pest and disease build-up. Here’s an example – if you divided your plot into approximate thirds – this is how you would rotate:


Year One

Plot 1 - Beetroots, carrots, parsnips, potatoes, Swedes and turnips (fertiliser and lime)
Plot 2 - Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbages, cauliflowers and kale (compost and lime)
Plot 3 - Beans, celery, leeks, lettuce, peas, spinach and tomatoes (compost and fertiliser)

Year Two

Plot 1 - Beans, celery, leeks, lettuces, peas, spinach, tomatoes (compost and fertiliser)
Plot 2 - Beetroots, carrots, parsnips, potatoes, Swedes, turnips (fertiliser and lime)
Plot 3 - Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbages, cauliflowers, kale (compost and lime)

Year Three

Plot 1 - Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbages, cauliflowers, kale (compost and lime)
Plot 2 - Beans, celery, leeks, lettuces, peas, spinach, tomatoes (compost and fertiliser)
Plot 3 - Beetroots, carrots, parsnips, potatoes, Swedes, turnips (fertiliser and lime)

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Posted by The Allotment Blogger on Thursday, October 18, 2007

1 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Think you might have a typo in your crop rotation plan.

Potatoes hate lime (it causes scab) while peas and beans love the stuff.

Hope this helps...

Rog

November 7, 2007 at 9:59 AM  

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