There’s been a lot of hustle and bustle over at Plot 15. What little veg we’d managed to overwinter on the allotment has been harvested and the plot has been cleared to make way for new growth.
Our planting regime is based around a four bed rotation system, whereby we don’t grow the same crops in the same beds year on year but rather cycle them clockwise around our four main beds. For example the ground where we grew onions last year will this year play host to brassicas.
This year I’m going to try out the Three Sisters technique with my sweetcorn, french beans and squashes. The idea is that the sweetcorn will provide support for the beans, the beans will boost the nitrogen in the soil which will feed the sweetcorn and the squashes will act as a mulch to help to retain moisture and suppress weeds.
I’ve drawn up a plan of sorts but Mother Nature is boss so the plan is subject to change depending upon what she decides to throw at us.