Horticultural aide memoire No.1: Plan vegetable rotation
Ancient practices often have much to recommend them. Crop rotation in the kitchen garden is one of these. The principle and the practice are both straightforward: don’t grow similar crops in the same ground in consecutive years, to prevent the build-up of soil pests and diseases. Keep a simple sketch plan of what goes where, grouping brassicas in one block, peas and beans in another, onion relatives in a third and root crops in a fourth and move the sequence one block further round each year. There are many refinements to this broad system, but, in general, it works well.