The Casa Dirty Boots 4 Year Crop Rotation System

This is the 4 Year Crop Rotation System we follow. Year One Apply lots of muck and plant potatoes. When the potatoes are lifted we plant brassicas which will all be harvested by very early the following spring. Year Two Sow peas and beans along with some spring sown brassicas for harvesting in summer-autumn Traditionally you would apply lime to the soil before sowing. Year Three This is time for the miscellaneous crops (anything not included elsewhere).  Melon, cucumber, peppers, aubergine, tomatoes, lettuce and onions are all included in our miscellaneous crops. We apply a mulch of well rotted compost […]

Getting the Most from the Veg Plot – Crop Rotation

What is Crop Rotation? Crop Rotation is simply the moving of crops from one plot to another over the years.  So rather than keep a bed for planting potatoes in for ever, each year we plant potatoes in a different plot.  The easiest way to think of, and record crop rotation is to assign a type of crop for each year of your crop rotation cycle.  There are numerous systems but perhaps the most common is the 4 Year Crop Rotation system. You break up the crops into four distinct groups and assign them a year.  For example potatoes and […]