Slowoldgit is right about the rotorvator. Don’t do it.
If you don’t want organic, nuke it with roundup. One of the guys on my patch did that with extraordinary effect.
We weeded organically.
Divide into eight beds. You want to do two four-crop rotations.
Bed 1 once weeded, add compost. Grow spuds next year.
Bed 2 once weeded add lime. Grow leeks / carrots / beets next year.
Bed 3 once weeded add compost. Grow peas and beans next year.
Bed 4 once weeded add lime. Grow brassicas next year
Beds 5 to 8 follow 1 to 4 except grow toms instead of spuds in bed 1.
Each year move on one bed.
What you’re doing is alternating crops that like acid soil with those that like alkaline. The idea is that any pest that really liked that years conditions will be thwarted by the change in conditions the following year. And any that like a particular crop will be thwarted by not seeing that crop for 4 years. Or for spuds and toms, 8 years. (Commercial organic spud farmers wait 8 years before reusing soil to defeat blight).
Stick salad in gaps between other crops, it’s not that fussy.
Enjoy.Posted 6 years agowwaswasSubscriber
rotavating an alottment with a hired rotavator that was
a) unused for a year
b) dry as a bone after a dry summer
was probably the hardest day’s work I’ve ever done, even after I worked out that I had to lift the handles to make it ‘dig in’.
I’d say do a little at a time and don’t turn it over until you’re ready to plant – you’ll just spend your whole time fighting weeds on the freshly turned earth.Posted 6 years ago
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