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I have just set up raised beds 4 in total 2 large and 2 small and had intended to plant potatoes, onions, parsnip and carrots for the first year but i have just watched monty's great simple explanation on rotation. The topsoil is new and has not been over wintered or compacted can i still do as i intended or are some of these a waste of time. any thoughts would be gratefully recieved.
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  • Yes you can, I did it for the first time last year and i planted Carrots and Parsnips, in a small raised bed filled with some home compost and shop bought. I got Potatoes growing too thanks to my very own not completely rotted down compost. you can but try and why not!
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    I'm attempting an ambitious gardening project to grow as much vegetables as I possibly can on a London balcony - do you think onions are able to be grown in small containers? You can see my balcony (and read more about the London Vegetable Garden Project) here: http://londonvegetablegarden.blogspot.com
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  • Hi Flossendal

    I am experimenting with raised beds this year as my soil is so heavy. I will be interested to hear how you get on!

    To Richard, why not cover your onions and shallots with fleece rather than use a gun!!
  • if your crop rotation is extremely important to you, instead of moving plots for firmness, shuffle with you boots at ten to two until the desired firmness is achieved, same method for brassicca plots. you should have good results, give it a try.
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