This is my way of incorporating a crop rotation in my small no dig garden, with an influence of permaculture.
You can benefit from following this easy to follow 4 plot crop rotation for your garden. I have tried and tested this in many small gardens, I use the no dig technique and I get good results incorporating ideas from a 2-week residential course in Permaculture a few years ago. I also pop in some companion plants amongst the vegetables that I grow.
What is crop rotation?
Crop rotation is planting specific groups of vegetables on a different part of the vegetable plot each year.
What are the benefits of crop rotation?
Crop rotation improves the soil nutrients structure and properties. Helps prevent depletion of the soil and is a way of controlling weeds, diseases, and pests and provides diversification.
What is companion planting?
Companion plants help the growth of the other plants they are planted with by providing nutrients at a root level, they also provide shade and support. Of course, attract beneficial insects and deter pests.
Here are the 4 groups I use, and their companion plants:
Broccoli, Cabbage, Kale, Turnip, Swede, Radish, Rocket, Brussels, kohl, Packchoi
Companion: Sage, mint, Rosemary, and Dill.
Beans, Cucumber, Chard, Melon, lettuce, Courgette, Peas, Spinach, Sweetcorn, Radish
Aubergine, Potato, Garlic, Onion, Pepper, Spring Onion, Tomato, Sweet Potato.
Companion: Basil Marigold.
Beetroot, Chicory, Parsnips, Carrots, Celeriac, Celery, Coriander, Salisfy, Jerusalem artichoke.
Make sure you plan ahead so that you know which seeds to buy when. If any seeds need to be put in pots and grown indoors first then you'll have time to do this, and then transplant into the ground. You will also know when to plant the seeds into the soil. Choose the vegetables that you will eat. There is no point in growing the things you aren't going to eat unless you are sharing these with other people.
I find using the table above easy. All you need to do is mark your areas ABCD and then move them to the next area the next year. So B area becomes A and C area becomes B and so on.
I also do other techniques and permaculture principles in other areas of the garden and grow vegetables, fruits, and herbs throughout the garden and under trees. The plants benefit from nutrient and chemical exchanges at a root level. As I mentioned earlier this can prevent and deter pests without the use of harsh chemicals.
Growing my own vegetables gives me such pleasure, it doesn't have to be time-consuming if you plan well, you don't have to have a large space, you can plant successfully in containers and even straw bales. I find it very therapeutic and an essential part of my lifestyle. I love watching plants grow and being outdoors in nature. Then I create scrumptious food that has no chemicals and tastes even better because I have grown it. So many benefits for friends and family too, don't you think?
I hope you have found this useful. It's up to you to give it a go. This is how I do my crop rotation in my small no dig garden, with the Influence of Permaculture.
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