Any gardener or allotment plot holder will confirm, unsurprisingly, that water is an essential ingredient for all crops, and at Colchester Avenue allotments, we’re lucky to have a supply of running water. But this resource doesn’t come for free, and because we have access to a mains water supply doesn’t mean we should take advantage of this and not put any effort into conserving water and collecting our own water.

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Crop rotation is a term many new plot holders find a bit daunting and something most veteran plot holders swear by. Either way, it’s something which needs some thought. If you’ve set aside some of your plot for perennials, next you can put some thought into rotation of your crops.

You’ll find once you’ve decided what you’ll be growing on your plot, odds are they’ll all require their own nutritional needs and this is where crop rotation can help. Aside from this, educating yourself on crop rotation will help prevent your plot from disease and pest build up while grouping crops together which have similar needs in terms of what nutrition they need and you’ll soon have some very healthy and fertile soil. If you ask any fellow plot holders who follow crop rotation and you’ll find they usually follow a 3 or 4 year rotation plan, so below we’ve outlined a rotation plan based on 4 beds over 3 years. The below is only a guide, feel free to adapt to what you want to grow, just keep an eye on crop groups like brassicas, alliums etc so you can try and sick to the group type.

Year One – First, make sure your soil is enriched and healthy by adding your compost.

Bed One

  • Spring/Summer – Plant your tomatoes, potatoes and courgettes.
  • Autumn – Plan your alliums like onions, garlic and leeks.

Bed Two

  • Spring/Summer – Plant your root vegetables like carrots, parsnips, beetroot along with spinach, parsley and chard.
  • Autumn – Mix in Green manure to help break up soil.

Bed Three

  • Spring/Summer – Add your compost before planting your brassicas like cabbage, cauliflower and broccoli.
  • Autumn – Plant your winter brassicas like kale and sprouts.

Bed Four

  • Spring/Summer – Keep it simple with peas and beans.
  • Autumn – Don’t plant anything, but lime the soil if you plan to plant brassicas again next year.

 

Year Two

Bed One

  • Spring/Summer – This year plant your beans and peas here.
  • Autumn – Lime the soil after harvesting your beans and peas and leave.

Bed Two

  • Spring/Summer – Add some good compost and plant your tomatoes, potatoes and courgettes.
  • Autumn – Plant your alliums like your onions, garlic and shallots.

Bed Three

  • Spring/Summer – Plant your roots like celeriac, carrots, beetroot, parsnips and your spinach, chard etc.
  • Autumn – Mix in green manure to break up soil.

Bed Four

  • Spring/Summer – Plant your summer brassicas like cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower and radishes and turnips.
  • Autumn – Plant your winter brassicas like kale and sprouts.

Year Three

Bed One

  • Spring/Summer – Add your compost before planting your summer brassicas like cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower and radishes and turnips.
  • Autumn – Plant your winter brassicas like kale and sprouts.

Bed Two

  • Spring/Summer – This year plant your beans and peas here.
  • Autumn – Lime the soil after harvesting your beans and peas and leave.

Bed Three

  • Spring/Summer – Add your compost before planting your tomatoes, potatoes and courgettes.
  • Autumn – Plant your alliums like your onions, garlic and shallots.

Bed Four

  • Spring/Summer – Plant your roots like celeriac, carrots, beetroot, parsnips and your spinach, chard etc.
  • Autumn – Mix in green manure to break up soil.

Take a look at all of our allotment tips and tricks here.

 

Timely tips for successful growing / Awgrymiadau amserol ar gyfer tyfu’n llwyddiannus

Our monthly gardening tips courses continue throughout 2019.

Must-do tasks for May – crops to sow and grow, sowing outdoors, hardening off and planting tender crops, pest control.

To enrol on the course, visit the Cardiff Council Website, and follow the steps below to ensure you’re included.

Once you’ve opened the Council Learn website, click on “browse through our courses”

Once the course list site has opened, in the search box search for “gardening monthly”

Once you search for “gardening monthly”, you’ll see a list of courses appear. You’ll want the Gardening Monthly courses run by Aisling Judge and held at Colchester Avenue Allotments. You can either click “more details” for an overview of the course, or enrol.

If you click enrol, you’ll need to create a free account at the Adult Learning Community site, and when you have, you’ll be able to enrol on this (as well as many other) course.

Any queries, please call 02920 872030

Timely tips for successful growing / Awgrymiadau amserol ar gyfer tyfu’n llwyddiannus

Our monthly gardening tips courses continue throughout 2019.

As there’s no course in April, this month we’ll cover must-do tasks for March and April – crops to sow and grow, sowing seeds under cover, weed control, planting potatoes.

To enrol on the course, visit the Cardiff Council Website, and follow the steps below to ensure you’re included.

Once you’ve opened the Council Learn website, click on “browse through our courses”

Once the course list site has opened, in the search box search for “gardening monthly”

Once you search for “gardening monthly”, you’ll see a list of courses appear. You’ll want the Gardening Monthly courses run by Aisling Judge and held at Colchester Avenue Allotments. You can either click “more details” for an overview of the course, or enrol.

If you click enrol, you’ll need to create a free account at the Adult Learning Community site, and when you have, you’ll be able to enrol on this (as well as many other) course.

Any queries, please call 02920 872030