Brief conversation with Bill the next door tenant about crop rotation earlier this week.
My question: "What do you think about crop rotation Bill? You always have your runner beans in the same place."
His answer: "I've grown runner beans in the same place on this allotment for 41 years. And on that allotment over there I've grown 'em in the same place for 25 years. And they've always done well. I just add a bit of manure, bit of compost, in the ground every year. I don't need to move 'em."
Follow-up question: "What about your other veg? do you move them?"
His answer: "Not really. Grow the onions pretty well the same place. I've had to move some of the potatoes this year. Otherwise everything grows where it's put. Just feed the soil and it grows."
He grows the most beautiful vegetables; wonderful crop of pumpkins and squashes, always plentiful greens, leeks, tomatoes, lettuces - everything he grows, grows well.
So what do you think? Do you rotate? Is it necessary on a small plot?