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Planning for Crop Rotations

A crop rotation of oats, squash and cabbage. Jean English photos

A crop rotation of oats, squash and cabbage. Jean English photos

January 2, 2020

Here’s one of Will Bonsall’s favorite crop rotations: In very early spring seed an area to oats for a green manure/living mulch to precede/accompany a crop of squash or pumpkins. A week or two before transplanting the hills of squash, chop in the ankle-high oats only where the hills will go. Let the rest of the oats keep growing. In early July flatten the knee-high oats by flopping down a half-sheet of plywood and treading on it. Then cover the oat thatch with a mulch of old leaves and then enough spoiled hay to keep the leaves from blowing. The following year, transplant cabbage to the mulched area. Read more in “Crop Rotation in the Garden” in the winter issue of The Maine Organic Farmer & Gardener.

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