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craftyone Mon 03-Feb-20 08:25:46

Its hard, working out the rotations to get the most from small beds. My 4 1x1 m beds from 2020

1 potatoes followed by alliums
2 roots parsley lettuce
3 summer cabbage followed by winter cabbage
4 legumes

1 legumes
2 potatoes followed by alliums
3 roots parsley lettuce
4 brassicas

1 brassicas
2 legumes
3 potatoes followed by alliums
4 roots parsley lettuce

1 roots parsley lettuce
2 brassicas
3 legumes
4 potatoes followed by alliums

Obviously I will be planting early potatoes and alliums go in during october
I will sow phacelia green manure after the roots

The likes of beetroot, spinach, squash, chard, cucumbers etc are pretty disease resistant and I will put them in the main garden, wherever I can see a space

The important thing is roots don`t need rich soil and brassicas do need rich soil so brassicas follow legumes and I cut these off to leave the nitrogen root nodules in the soil

I will be doing a 3 bed rotation elsewhere, just 3 x 1m circular raisedbeds plus I have one large tub that needs 3 rotations on its own. Tomatoes will be in one of the round beds. Once rotations are sorted and logged then planning is easy

I don`t use manure, I use comfrey bocking 14 (only as it is infertile) which I compost with all fruit and veg compost plus composted bark and shredded paper, not magazines or newspaper. I also make comfrey water to dilute and use as eg tomato feed

Should be interesting this year, the first year on soil which still contains patches of builders rubble

Oopsadaisy3 Tue 04-Feb-20 15:26:48

Do you find rabbits a problem? we have a large lawn area that I thought I would use for raised beds, however, rabbits hop across the lawn and yesterday the dog shot out of the door and a muntjac deer popped back through the hedge, by the look of the amount of droppings down there it seems he is a regular visitor.
Would it be worth the bother? Or would I just be feeding the wildlife?

craftyone Wed 05-Feb-20 20:15:13

arghh I should have looked here this morning, or in my book. I was convinced that roots were going into bed 3 and I spent 2 hours clearing out builders stones. Luckily I did put the correct compost into 1, so I will do bed 2 whenever we get some more nice sun and calm, like today