The big problem, that only became apparent shortly after I took the plot over, was the horsetail or marestail that infested the area in red on the plan above.
Because of this, I only actually utilised Deep Bed 3 of the deep beds because I had already planted salad crops when I discovered how much mares tail there was.
Allotment Plot 29 shortly after taken over
Bed 1 had 4 teepees of runner beans plus dwarf french beans, Bed 2 had potatoes and Bed 3 sweet corn, squash and pumpkins.
At the end of the year, DB3 was cleared and sprayed with amcide. I seem to have eradicated the bulk of the mares tail successfully, but it still keeps popping up the odd shoot which is spot treated.
Where the previous occupant had his sheds and greenhouse (it was well furnished) the soil was very compacted with layers of sand and gravel on top. I double dug it incorporating masses of turkey manure and some horse manure (a gift from the neighbouring plotholder). On top went the contents of used annual plant pots and grow bags. This will be dug in in the spring.
A pile of topsoil went from the compost bins onto this area as well.
DB3 (Deep Bed 3) will be moved into alignment with DB4 to allow the path to separate me from the adjoining plot, which still has mares tail. Paths will be wood chippings and the new large bed will be rotavated in the spring.
Bed 1 has autumn planted onions and garlic at the southern end with field beans as a green manure at the northern end.
Bed 2 is planted with field beans as a green manure.
Bed 3 was rough dug and given a good liming.
Bed 4 is left rough dug and unlimed.
Plot 29 for Current Year
|Total Plot||68.5′ X 20′||1370 sq ft|
|Bed 1||13′ X 18′||234|
|Bed 2||13′ X 18′||234|
|Bed 3||10′ X 8′||80|
|Bed 4||29’6″ X 9′||265|
|Deep Bed 1||8′ X 3′||24|
|Deep Bed 2||8′ X 3′||24|
|Deep Bed 3||8′ X 6′||48|
|Deep Bed 4||8′ X 6′||48|
|Deep Bed 5||6’4″ X 3′||19|
Practical Example Crop Rotation
Articles & Information on Crop Rotation
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- Crop Rotation – Plant Families or Groups for Crop Rotation
- Crop Rotation – The Three Year Crop Rotation Plan
- Crop Rotation – The Four Year Crop Rotation Plan
- Crop Rotation – The Five Year Crop Rotation Plan
- Practical Example Crop Rotation
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