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Ministry of Agriculture Allotment & Garden Guide


Allotment and Garden Guide February 1945 page 4

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     It was not intended that gardeners should follow it slavishly, for what suits one part of the country does not suit another. And people have different tastes in vegetables. The Ministry's plan aims at two important things––crop rotation and a sufficiency of vegetables throughout the year, especially in winter when so many gardens still show the scarcity of crops that results from poor planning.

     The right approach for the gardener is, first to find out what vegetables grow satisfactorily in his neighbourhood, and then decide which of them he will grow, bearing in mind his family's likes and dislikes. He should then divide his plot into three equal parts. For simplicity we will call them A, B and C. On plot A he will grow the first year


potatoes and other roots––parsnips (if his family like them), carrots, beet and so on. On plot B he will grow green vegetables –– all the cabbage family; and on plot C he will grow peas, beans, onions and leeks.*

     If farmyard manure is difficult to get (it is in most districts) and the gardener has to eke out the compost we hope he has made, he should manure each year only on the section that is to grow peas, beans, onions and leeks. So in three years the whole plot will be manured.

     Now what happens to the plan the second year? He should just move his three groups round. On plot A, go the peas and beans, onions, etc.; on plot B, the potatoes and root crops and on plot C, the green vegetables.


3-year vegetable garden rotation plan

    * [ed. note] According to Carrots Love Tomatoes, beans and peas do not like onions and leeks and should not be planted close to each other.