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    Weed grower is offline Germinator
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    Default How to start crop rotation

    Hi, im new here and to allotments. I have taken over a plot full of weeds and a broken shed. There a few carrots still in
    the ground and some old sweetcorn stems, also a wigwam of canes so guessing some kind of bean was grown there, The rest is just weeds. How do I start a crop rotation without knowing what was there last year?
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    Hello and welcome.

    To be honest, a lot of us don't rotate crops that strictly. Just try not to grow the same things in the same place twice. If you can't get any info off your plot neighbours, your best bet is just to start and rotate from here on in. No need to worry about growing beans in the same place two years running. Ditto sweetcorn, I'd say. So long as you feed the soil, you'll be OK. No need to feed the bean bed with nitrogen - too much and you'll get all leaf and no beans!

    Weeds are a bit disheartening to deal with, but at least you know things will grow!

    Best of luck. Hope you have a great growing year. Looking forward to hearing about your progress.
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    In the ten years I've had my plot, I've never rotated.
    I often grow things in the same place each year, I know or told I shouldn't, but I don't have many issues.
    I did once loose a crop of potatoes a few years ago to blight, but i think that was a bad year for many others too.
    I don't think I've helped, sorry
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    It’s good you know where carrots,beans & sweetcorn are,they’d be good areas to put potatoes or onions because you know they weren’t there last year. You might see some potato shoots somewhere on the plot,usually a few are missed & resprout,if you find any,use that bed for something that’s not in the nightshade family. Continual non crop rotation would lead to nutrient deficiencies in the soil,pest build up & diseases. You’ll be alright though welcome to the vine
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    Hello! I'd find out what you can and just go from there.

    after all, if you rotate, even if you've got it horribly wrong and put brassicas in an area with club root, next year you'll move it somewhere else anyway.

    the one thing I'd say is to put the brassicas right to one side so you can do next year as far away as possible.

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    Just put things where you want to this year, without worrying about it, then you can rotate from next year. One year of perhaps getting things wrong really shouldn't make any difference.

    I'm one of those people that don't follow any strict rotation order - I just make sure that I don't follow one crop with the same crop in exactly the same place the next year. It makes things so much easier to plan
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    Welcome.

    No way of knowing what went were, so I’d make my own plan and enjoy discovering what works.

    In my second year and can safely say it’s the best decision I’ve made in ages.
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    Default Found potatoes

    Thanks for all your help. It seems you all agree to just get growing and see whats what. I have found some potatoes growing as well so will plant something else there. I will plant some potatoes in quite a bit of the plot as ive been told they are a good first crop . Only problem is i dont have any yet so they will have to planted without being chitted, benn told its bad and its ok so will see. The rest will be simple for my first year. Bonus of some strawberries, look a bit sad though. Thanks again for your advise
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