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Crop rotation has been used by farmers for many years. Crop rotation now is commonly used by gardeners to control diseases and insects in the vegetable garden. It is also used to build up the organic matter and soil nutrients that certain plants use during their life cycle. Certain families of plants are subject to the same diseases and should not be planted in the same area more than once every 3 years to prevent the disease organisms from building up in the soil. Crops planted in Bed 1 are planted in Bed 2 the following year, and in Bed 3 the year after that, and then Bed 4 and back to 1 again. Every year you are building up the organic matter and soil nutrients in one bed, by adding compost and planting a cover crop, also known as "green manure". The other crops rotate in the same direction, helping to keep your soil makeup balanced, and your garden healthy. You will start to notice a healthy improvement in your garden produce.

Remember that potatoes are the unique vegetable here. While keeping them in a rotation plan, you'll want to be sure they're planted in a bed that has not previously grown tomatoes, peppers, or eggplant.

The concept is very simple! Keep a notebook of where your crops are planted from year to year. This is a sure fire way to keep your crop rotation in line! The block chart below is a simple example of how most vegetable crops can be rotated each year in your garden.

organic garden crop rotation

FIRST YEAR
Bed 1 Bed 2 Bed 3 Bed 4
Beans
Celery
Corn
Eggplant
Onions
Peas
Peppers
Squash
Tomatoes
Broccoli
Brussels Sprouts
Cabbage
Cauliflower
Lettuce
Sweet Basil
Beets
Carrots
Potatoes **
Radishes
Turnips
Dill
Spread/ till in compost or
"green manure". Plant a cover crop.
See Yankee Gardener Glossary.

organic garden crop rotation

SECOND YEAR
Bed 1 Bed 2 Bed 3 Bed 4
Spread/ till in compost or
"green manure". Plant a cover crop.
See Yankee Gardener Glossary.
Beans
Celery
Corn
Eggplant
Onions
Peas
Peppers
Squash
Tomatoes
Broccoli
Brussels Sprouts
Cabbage
Cauliflower
Lettuce
Sweet Basil
Beets
Carrots
Potatoes **
Radishes
Turnips
Dill

organic garden crop rotation

THIRD YEAR
Bed 1 Bed 2 Bed 3 Bed 4
Beets
Carrots
Potatoes **
Radishes
Turnips
Dill
Spread/ till in compost or
"green manure". Plant a cover crop.
See Yankee Gardener Glossary.
Beans
Celery
Corn
Eggplant
Onions
Peas
Peppers
Squash
Tomatoes
Broccoli
Brussels Sprouts
Cabbage
Cauliflower
Lettuce
Sweet Basil

organic garden crop rotation

FOURTH YEAR
Bed 1 Bed 2 Bed 3 Bed 4
Broccoli
Brussels Sprouts
Cabbage
Cauliflower
Lettuce
Sweet Basil
Beets
Carrots
Potatoes **
Radishes
Turnips
Dill
Spread/ till in compost or
"green manure". Plant a cover crop.
See Yankee Gardener Glossary.
Beans
Celery
Corn
Eggplant
Onions
Peas
Peppers
Squash
Tomatoes

** Do not plant potatoes where tomatoes, peppers or eggplants were grown previously **

organic garden crop rotation

Please visit our Yankee Gardener Glossary. This garden glossary has been composed to help both the beginning gardener and all of those who have been bitten by the gardening bug. It's nice to know and understand what the gardening terms mean in all those gardening books you have been reading.


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