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    Re the original question, maybe the "Sainted John Harrison" could be asked to explain, if it isn't clear.
    I don't bother with this rotation malarkey so I haven't the foggiest what its about.
    I thought rotation malarkey had something to do with dancing or cooking
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    You're thinking of "stirring", methinks
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    VC Rotation malarkey is just moving everything along and not growing the same thing in the same bed every year, except rhubarb and strawberries umm perhaps runner beans there are bound to be some things that can remain static.

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    ...........and perennial leeks and onions and kale.............
    My version of rotation is not to plant in the same spot the following year. I don't follow any sort of plan, as you may have noticed!
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    I have 3 main beds brassica, legumes, roots and move things along to the next bed each year, the beds aren't the same size so brassicas have priority in their bed and anything else gets shoved in a gap.
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    Cadalot my brain melted about halfway through your first sentence... hope things work out as you want them!

    LOL @ sainted conversations. JH's books are beside my bed, and were a really helpful go-to when I was getting started, especially the month-by-month bits. I don't do *everything* as he says, but I definitely kiss the book for a blessing once in a while... ;-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1Bee View Post
    So.... you're supposed to manure in autumn, right? To let the worms break it up and incorporate it and improve the soil structure?

    I'm following a (roughly) four year crop rotation, from the sainted John Harrison - Crop Rotation which means that I'm supposed to have:-

    Onions & roots
    then
    heavy manuring
    then
    potatoes

    But how do I give a bed a heavy dose of manure when it's growing leeks and parsnips right through till spring-ish?

    *scratches head*

    What am I missing?
    I don't understand how potatoes can follow onions anyway as onions are in the ground until mid summer, and spuds are planted in spring.
    To work this plan, you'd have to lift the onions in summer, spread the manure and not replant until the following spring - so the bed would be empty from about July to March. Bit of a missed opportunity there
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    It's mostly leeks and parsnips now, VC. About half the bed is empty, yes, but I put winter-y stuff in the gaps for now... a few kales as the moment. Frankly I can't grow much between about Oct and March anyway, because the ground's too waterlogged.

    For this particular bed, it was/will be:-
    2016 - brassicas
    2017 - onions, leeks and roots
    2018 - potatoes

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