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SBV - Designing your Schedule & Rotation

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Michael Hewins

on 7 October 2015

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Transcript of SBV - Designing your Schedule & Rotation

DEVELOPING YOUR FRAMEWORK & GUIDELINES
WHAT YOU NEED TO DESIGN YOUR ROTATION
KNOW
YOUR
CONTEXT
EXAMPLE OF A SIMPLE
4 FOLD ROTATION
Never follow the same crop of the same family. Allow for at least 2 seasons.
A good rule of thumb, and an easy, proven and effective simple rotation is
Fruit > leaf > root > legume
Expanding that would incorporate another layer of Heavy feeder, Light feeder, light feeder, green manure
Allow for periods of mulch crops or green manure crops.
Always give back!
PLANTING
CARDS

YOUR BED PLAN&
BASE MAP
SOWING
WHEN
CALENDAR
WHY DO WE NEED
A SCHEDULE &
A ROTATION?
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?
Break your space up into manageable blocks and beds. Keep it simple and modular.
Prevent disease
Build and balance nutrient in the soil
Maximize the efficient use of space & time to obtain more yield
Break pest cycles
Put the food we want to grow into a workable schedule for our own clarity of planning & succession
Prevent the degeneration of soil by planning for successional cropping
Allow us to schedule a years supply of food
Plan the crops we want to grow relative to our available labour, time, energy, expenses etc
GENERAL INFO OF EACH CROP YOU INTEND TO CULTIVATE
HARD COPY OF A CALENDAR
COMPUTER WHITEBOARD OR PAPER
Important Documentation To Keep..
Monthly bed plans (gives you a brief of what is in each bed throughout the year)
Weather Records
Daily Diary (observations & tasks)
Harvest & Storage
Budget & Costings
Crop run sheets
Base map of your garden
General information about your garden eg; Space, water pressure etc..
Seed - Storage & Purchases

DESIGNING YOUR
SCHEDULE & ROTATION
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