Growing a particular kind of vegetables in the same position year after year leads to a multitude of problems, soil born diseases build up and the level of nutriments becomes unbalanced.
A simple 3 year crop rotation system can help prevent future problems and keep the whole of the allotment soil in good heart, giving the vegetables that are grown the right soil conditions to flourish.
broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, radish, swede, turnip.
If the soil is short of humus, dig in well rotted manure or compost in autumn. Add lime to the soil unless it is known to be alkaline. A general fertilizer should be applied 2 weeks before sowing or planting.
beans, courgette, celery, cucumber, leek, lettuce, marrow, onion, pea, sweet corn, tomato.
Add generous amounts of well rotted manure or compost at digging time, only add lime if the soil is acidic. rake in a good general fertilizer 2 week before sowing or planting.
beetroot, carrot, parsnip, potato.
Don’t add manure or compost to the soil, lime should not be needed. 2 weeks before planting or sowing rake in a good balanced fertilizer.