Whether you are planting your vegetables directly in the ground or in raised beds, crop rotation is extremely important and something that you should start doing, if you are not already doing so. Not only does it help to lessen crop-specific pest and diseases in plants, but it also promotes healthy soil.
If you are doing vegetable gardening in containers and tend to reuse the potting soil in a container to plant another crop, then making use of crop rotation, can also be very beneficial and you will find that your crops will be much healthier and will grow very well. You will actually see a visible difference in your plants, when practicing crop rotation.
Whilst crop rotation is often done on a 2 yearly, 3 yearly or longer rotation basis, I personally prefer doing crop rotation every year for my raised beds and when it comes to my container garden, I practice crop rotation each time I plant something new in a container. It has made a huge difference in the health of my crops as well as in my harvest success.
I follow the following crop rotation schedule and highly recommend that you give it a try:
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Legumes and Pod Crops
- Broad Beans
- Runner Beans
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- Bunching Onions
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- Mizuna Greens
- Mustard Greens
- Brussel Sprouts
- Chinese Cabbages
- Bok Choi and Oriental Mustards
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Tomato and Root Crops
- Egg Plants
- Sweet Peppers
- Sweet Potatoes
- Annual Berries
- Spinach and Lettuce