APRIL OVERVIEW OF GARDEN SHOWING PRINCIPLES OF CROP ROTATION – FIRST WEEK IN APRIL 2010

At last the sun is shining and the heat is like a long lost friend. Soil temperatures are still low and a touch of frost at night stops me from leaving greenhouse seedlings out at night. However, I put the  greenhouse seedtrays out during the day once seedlings are close to being of a size when they should be ready for planting in the soil. It helps to harden them off this way so they are not so shocked by being transplanted into the open soil.

The open soil in the kitchen garden is largely divided into four plots for separate vegetable families that I like to eat. (1) beet family eg beetroot and leaf beet. (2)brassicas eg kale, Brussels sprouts, purple sprouting broccoli and cabbage. (3) legumes eg peas and beans, I put sweet pea in here too for a bit of colour. (4) alliums eg onions, leeks, garlic and shallots. I’m told that repeatedly growing the same crop in the one place year after year risks attracting a disease or pest which likes that crop. For example, brassicas can get clubroot. However that means no brassicas can be grown for maybe 25 years in that place. As with all things in life, prevention is better than cure. The video below may be of interest meanwhile.

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3 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Valerie on April 25, 2010 at 12:59 pm

    trevor,
    I heard you talking about pressing apples on the radio this week. Just wondering if you have any further details and also what type of press do you recommend.
    Val

    Reply

    • Hi Val,
      The juice extractor I use is an electric twin-gear machine. I found a leaflet which can with it in the attic after a bit of a search last night.
      It is called the Green Star Juice Extractor and the website is http://www.greenpower.com. Email is service@greenpower.com. It is an American product but I expect there is an Irish agency as it was sent to me by post in Ireland. Couple of hundred Euro is I remember rightly. It has paid for itself at this stage. In fact no shop could sell juice as fresh as the home-made stuff.

      Best wishes.
      Trevor.

      Reply

  2. Posted by John Fagan on May 13, 2010 at 10:06 pm

    Hi Trevor,

    I planted sprouts in the back garden in Inchicore last spring and got a good crop. I cut back most of the plants however I notice some of the plants which I left in place are now in flower. Is it possible to to obtain seeds from these plants for later planting? (Probably a stupid question !!)

    Thanks,

    John

    Reply

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