Rotating Crops in Your Garden
Rotating vegetable plantings reduces infestations that damage your garden. Learn keys to successful crop rotation.
Among the joys of gardening are poring over seed catalogs and sketching a layout for next year’s vegetable garden. When planning your vegetable garden, keep in mind the importance of crop rotation. Planting different crops in a location as opposed to planting the same crop in the same spot each year can reduce problems with insects, nematodes, and diseases.
Disease-causing organisms and nematodes slowly accumulate in the soil over time. Growing the same crop in the same location year after year allows these organisms to reach levels that can cause infection of plants or simply kill them outright.
Another reason to rotate is that some crops use more of certain nutrients. Growing the same crop in the same spot can deplete the soil of those nutrients.
The table of vegetable plant families provided here offers you an easy guide to follow when choosing a crop to plant. Do not plant anything from the same family in the same location or in the same soil 2 years in a row. This is the key to successful crop rotation in a home garden.