Getting Started

If you are lucky you will take on a plot that is reasonably clear of perennial weeds and brambles, and so your main task will be to dig out the roots and weeds. If however (like mine) you inherit a site that is 12ft high with brambles you will need to clear these first – before even being able to plan your plot!
Crop rotation is a very simple idea. It is the act of growing similar crops together in a single bed, and then moving them to another bed each year so that you do not grow the same crop in the same bed two years running, and the longer you leave each bed before growing the same crop again the better.
Whilst it may be tempting to grab that spade and get stuck in the first thing you should do once you have got your first plot is to get a pencil and a pad of paper and start planning - graph paper is best as it allows a simple scale to be used, but plain paper will suffice. This will help break down the work into manageable chunks, and produce a much better run and…
When taking on a new plot or garden it’s important to establish what sort of soil you have before you start planting. Different soils need to be treated differently, and since this is your most valuable asset on the plot its worth spending a few moments of your time establishing what sort of soil you have and what work you will need to do to improve it.
The crops you choose to grow should be based on the number of mouths to feed, the space available and your family’s tastes.

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