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Crop Rotation. 3, 4 or 5 Year?

Hello gardeners,

I've had my allotment's for a few years now and have decided to build all raised beds and follow the 'back to eden' method.

My question is, as I'm building my raised beds now I am dividing up my plot/s into sections to make crop rotation easier. However, I usually go with Monty's 3 year crop rotation but many books I have read suggest 4 or even 5 year rotation.

Any thoughts or advice on what CR you follow would be helpful at this crutial stage.

Thank you ???? 

Last edited: 09 October 2016 18:34:32


  • GWRSGWRS Posts: 8,158

    Hello , I have an allotment and 3 year crop rotation is fine , after all I am not growing loads of one particular crop 


  • Three roughly equally sized veg areas here so I go with 3 year rotation simply because of that.

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • PalaisglidePalaisglide Posts: 3,414

    Depends on the size of the garden, as a lad we had a very large garden Dad used a five year rotation so one section could lay fallow for a year. A small garden will work with three rotations. The rotation or not growing the same crop in the same place year on year is to make sure crop infections do not re-infect the same crops. Some crops Beans peas and onions will put goodness into the ground for the next rotation, others need to be fed, you need to know which is which.


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