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Crop Rotations

Person Author: Gavin Conway Calender December 6, 2012 Posted Tags: , Comment No Comments

The Importance of Crop Rotation Whether you grow you veg on an allotment or in the back garden you need to follow a rotation. If you grow the same items in the same place year after year you will get a build up of viruses, pests and diseases specific to that crop. Different crops also use different nutrients and trace elements from the soil so another reason that you need to rotate the crops. There are many systems for rotations that are designed to ensure that the next crop utilizes nutrients left by the previous one. It is not a hard and fast rule and if you can’t rotate everything all the time and need to double up… don’t worry – it is not the end of the world!! Just remember that Potatoes and Brassicas (cabbage family) are fussy so try to keep them off the same ground year

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Growing Maincrop Onions from Seed

Person Author: Helen Fowler Calender September 5, 2012 Posted Tags: , , , Comment No Comments

Most folks I know grow their maincrop onions from sets planted in spring, but I have always grown mine from seed. It's pretty easy growing onions from seed, and there is a much greater choice of varieties, onion variates come in many shapes, sizes and colours. If you want to have large onions then the two main factors are, variety and date of sowing. Exhibition growers sow their seed in December, you need a long season to grow big bulbs. The main important factor in growing really big onions is the variety, the most successful gardeners keep saving their seed from their best plants from year to year, developing a good giant strain. You can produce big onions from bought seed, the most popular of these varieties are The Kelsae, Mammoth and Ailsa, and seed is readily available. For most of u

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