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Crop rotation also applies to vegetable gardens

Crop rotation is vital to any type of vegetable garden; this is because planting the same crops in the same spot every year leads to big problems.  Planting a variety of different crops in progression can eliminate negative impact such as diseases, pests, and nutrient leeching.

While crop rotation is not difficult, it can be challenging for the beginner.  The easiest way to remember how to rotate is deep rooted vegetables first, shallow rooted vegetables next, then composting, next legumes, followed by leafy vegetables, and finished with more composting before restarting the cycle.

The reasons for following this pattern of rotation are fairly logical.  Deep-rooted vegetables will use up nutrients in the lower soil layer.  Shallow rooted vegetables will deplete nutrients from the upper layer of soil.  Compost helps add nutrients back to the soil and legumes add nitrogen.  Leafy vegetables benefit from the compost and nitrogen and composting adds the nutrients back that will filter to the lower and upper soil layers.

By following this order of crop rotation, you add back every element each type of vegetable needs to grow before its yield.  You keep the soil fed and healthy and eliminate pests and disease.

Recommended vegetables for this growing cycle would be to start with potatoes and tomatoes, then follow up with parsley, parsnips, carrots, and lettuce, next comes compost followed by peas and beans, and then broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, cabbages, and more compost.

Herbs, onions, and leeks grow so prevalently and inexpensively that it is recommended that you just buy them in order to save space in your garden for better things.



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