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How on earth do you go about crop rotation if you've  taken on an allotment but have no idea what the person before you had been growing?  Most articles on the subject assume prior knowledge and meticulously kept records.   "Don't grow the same crop in the same place as the previous year." 

What if you haven't a clue what had been grown there the previous year?  Is it really that vital? ????????????

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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 77,422

    It's not a matter of life or death ... if you don't know and there are no clues then just start from scratch ... it'll be fine ... image

    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh







  • Cheers. I suppose soil testing would be the sensible way to start.......?

  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 8,538

    If you pop your postcode in to this site - it'll tell you what your soil (generally) is like-

    http://www.landis.org.uk/soilscapes/

    If you're going to grow carrots, don't manure the bed before sowing or they'll fork

    I've been gardening for 50+ years and never tested my soil

    Good luck with your new venture!

    Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit.
    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 77,422

    If the soil is on the acid side and needs liming for brassicas then I'm sure the other allotmenteers will tell you if you  ask them ... otherwise I'd just get on with it and not worry. 

    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh







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