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Sowing & Growing Tips

Packed with useful hints and tips for sowing, growing and out on the plot!

Crop Rotation

Whether you’re growing on your own plot or in containers it is advisable not to grow the same vegetables on the same space on your plot every year. The reason is to avoid the build up of pests and diseases particular to certain crops. Otherwise any pests or diseases you may have will steadily increase leading to poor crop yields and an imbalance of nutrients in your soil. Crop-rotation is a standard plan used my most edible gardeners and follows a very simple principle.

Container planting offers a bit more flexibility, however, for your garden or plot, split into 3 sections; one for root vegetables, one for brassicas and one for all others:


Roots

(beetroot, carrots, potatoes, parsnips and artichokes)

Year 1
Root
Other
Brassicas

 

Brassicas

(broccoli, kale, brussel sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, radish, swede & turnip)

Year 1
Root
Other
Brassicas

 

Other

(beans, peas, cucumber, spinach, leeks, lettuce, onions, tomato etc)

Year 1
Root
Other
Brassicas

Herbalicious

Here are a few tips to get you started if you are going to sow or transplant your herbs outside, especially if planting in a container, pot or window box.

Tip: To preserve your fresh herbs for winter soups and stews, wash and dry your herbs and freeze in ice-cube trays immersed in either room temperature water, vegetable or chicken stock. Once frozen, transfer to freezer bags.

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