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Question on Brassica rotation.


 
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 09, 2013 9:10 am    Post subject: Question on Brassica rotation. Reply with quote

Hi all

Going on the advice of how important it is to keep the Brassica family in strict rotation to avoid disease build up and soil fatigue and given the fact that this is one of the few families that grow all year round. My question is, at what point do you start next yearís rotation cycle?

For example, in my case, most of my summer/ autumn cabbages didnít do too well due to either slugs or rabbits (not too sure which) getting to them before they got fully established, either way the bed will soon be free. So should I:

1. Sow my sping cabbages in the same bed now and move out of this bed to the next bed in spring when these cabbages are harvested and Iím ready to sow my summer cabbages or

2. Do I move onto the next bed now, sow my spring cabbages there and when these are harvest sow my summer/ autumn and then winter cabbages in the same bad. Or is it a case of having to go with the less ideal option of

3. Having separate beds for each and never putting a second sowing of Brassicas in the same bed, which (apologies for the terminology here) being an Ďunban farmerí I donít really have the space for.

The other question I have, which ties in with my original question is, is it ok to plant replacement cabbage plugs plants in place of the ones that got eaten or do I need to move on from that bed?

Thanks.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 09, 2013 10:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

In any one growing season or sowing or planting season the crop that is sown or transplanted during that year is the one that counts. naturally Spring cabbage for 2014 is sown and planted in 2013 so that is designated 2013 even though that could be the second crop for that year, the first could have been an early crop of cabbage or cauliflower. What adds to the confusion is that crops sown or planted in any particular calendar year may not be harvested until the Spring of the following year.
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