January is the perfect time to plan your crop rotations for the year ahead using raised garden beds from Weston Sawmill.
Raised garden beds manufactured from the finest timber will guarantee they last all year round plus they are ideal for anyone with mobility issues or struggles to bend down.
If you have never considered having raised garden beds, here are some ideas of what you can start growing –
• Soft fruits such as blackberries and strawberries
• Root vegetables such as carrots, parsnips and radishes
• Leafy greens like spinach, kale and lettuce
• Onions, potatoes and tomatoes
We would recommend planning your crop rotations for any of these fruits or vegetables before the growing season begins so you know where to plant each crop.
What are the Benefits of Crop Rotations?
Our team of experts understand the benefits of crop rotations in your garden, here are three main ones –
Soil Fertility – Different crops have different nutrient requirements. By changing crops annually you will reduce the chances of particular soil deficiencies developing as the balance of nutrients that are removed from the soil will even out over time.
Weed Control – Crops like potatoes and squashes with dense foliage or large leaves suppress weeds which reduces maintenance and weed problems in the next batch of crops.
Pest and Disease Control – Soil pests and diseases tend to attack specific plant families repeatedly. By rotating these crops between sites and pests will decline in the period when their host plants are absent which helps to reduce the build-up of damaging populations such as spores, eggs and pests. Common diseases this helps to avoid by rotation include clubroot in brassicas and onion white rot.
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If you would like to find out more about Weston Sawmill’s range of raised garden beds, please contact us today.