Wednesday, April 26, 2006
concerning plant rotation
Every 2-3 years, 4 years maximum, the farmer must rotate his plants. The best way to do that is to in the late summer when the plants are putting down their runners, rather than directing them in the rows of 3 and four and 1 yr. old plants, they are directed to root down in the patch’s walkways. The aim is to make the walkways into planted rows and then to till under the rows of old plants and make them into walkways. Before one can till under the old plants the new plants must be firmly established and even then the wiry runner lines hang tenaciously to the mother plants. Those runners need to be cut before the old plants are tilled under.