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Hello crop rotators,
Crop rotation isn't just about the nutrients the plants take up. It's also very helpful in the fight against pests and diseases, it keeps your soil in good condition and helps with weed control. Because some pests and diseases remain in the soil for years after their hosts have departed, the only option is to grow another crop in the same place.
However, on the subject of plant nutrients, beans love fertile ground, that is why cottage gardeners have made bean trenches for centuries. It's true that beans fix nitrogen into the soil but they still need other nutrition.
There are fewer and fewer chemicals available on the market for amateur gardeners so good husbandry, including crop rotation will become even more important in years to come.
I thought beans and the onion family where incompatible? I am confused. .
What can I say. Crop rotation goes way back to what most people call. Bible times. Should anyone wish to have a Bible Study, then speak up. Actually My dad and I for many years practiced this crop rotation. We managed a plot the size of a football pitch. All work was carried out by hand. No mechanical assistance. We grew potatos, various brassicas, salad crops, beans and peas. Turnips, swedes, mangols, carrots. Also a few fruits, gooseberries, strawberries, a few red, white and black currants. OK. The friuts stayed in place. The beans, the runner beans. Thes stayed put. In fact to be honest. It was always the root veg that was passed around. Believe me, on a plot of that size. To leave a planting area to grow fallow for a year. It truly paid off. Reverting back to Biblical times. The Grand Creator certainly knew best.
I am always confused when I have a crop like brassicas that grow all year round, such as winter, spring and summer cabbages and cauliflowers, or winter sown broad beans and then summer French and runner beans. How do these fit in the crop rotation? I now have a 16 raised bed system at the allotment and try to make sure that nothing is sown in the same bed more often than 3 years but it is quite difficult to keep track of. Any ideas will be appreciated.