Monday, 12 April 2010


My loyal slave calls round and I show him the progress I’ve been making with my veggie plot. I’ve been busy planting.

“Here are the potatoes,” I say. “And here are the broad beans and peas that I’ve just planted out.”

He nods approvingly.

I continue, “I’m using a four year rotation, so I’ve divided it into quadrants. I’ve just planted a row of carrots and a row of parsnips in that quarter and there’s enough room for a row of something else and I’m going to put sweet corn and squash in the last.”

“You mustn’t plant things in the same place two years running,” he says.

“Yes, that’s why I’m using a four year rotation.”

“It’s very important that you move things around. If you plant your carrots in the same place next year they won’t do well at all.”

“Isn’t that the point of a rotation,” I say.

“I think you should use a four year rotation here,” he informs me. “Next year you should plant your potatoes over there and your legumes over here.”

I give up.

“Thanks,” I say. “I’ll do that.”


  1. Well personally I think you should use the four year rotation. I hear that's how it's done.


    Awwwww I'm kidding!!!

    No veggies for your loyal slave methinks!

    And good luck with your garden - sounds like it's really coming along nicely. Yay!

    Take care

  2. Good luck with your garden! Would love to have my own veggie patch - I can only grow anything which will fit in a pot, mostly runner beans and courgettes! Plus we have dreadful soil - compacted clay!

    I shall watch your garden grow instead!


  3. Thanks guys, I'll post some more pictures soon.

  4. I know nothing about planting but I'm confident enough to suggest you go for the four year rotation.
    Kate, you are the master of diplomacy, clearly, how did you bite your tongue, bless him!