Rotating Vegetable Crops

A lot of people are beginning to see the benefits of vegetable garden planting. It’s usually healthier because you get to decide whether or not to use commercial pesticides.

Since vegetable gardening planting is typically manageable in size because they’re not grown for profit, it’s easier for people to manage the plot without having to resort to using commercial pesticides. Vegetable garden planting also assures fresh produce because there’s no need to pick the vegetables and refrigerate them right away. Vegetables stay fresh as long as you don’t pick them from the garden, except in cases where they become overripe. Aside from health reasons, vegetable garden planting is also economical because the produce is not going to be as expensive as those that you buy from markets or groceries.

People who have been successful in vegetable garden planting usually know that you can’t keep growing only one type of vegetable in a garden. Rotating vegetable crops is advisable instead of planting only one kind of vegetable year in and out. Rotating vegetable crops will make sure that the micro nutrients in the soil will be preserved and that diseases will not build up in soil particulates.

Vegetable garden planting will take some careful planning on your part along with an understanding about companion vegetables; knowing which types of vegetables are compatible with each other.

The following are some examples of groups that can be considered “compatible” and are safe to be rotated together:

Alliums – onions, leeks, shallots, and the likes

Crucifers – such as radishes, turnips, broccoli, cauliflower, and the likes

Brassicas – brussel sprouts, mustards, cabbages, kale and the likes

Legumes – peas and beans

Cucurbits – cucumbers, squashes, melons, etc.

Solanaceae – peppers, eggplants, tomatoes, and the likes

Mescluns – arugula, endive, radiccio, etc.

Rotating vegetable crops of the same family would also mean that (more often than not) they would be susceptible to the same kind of pests. This makes pest control a bit more manageable since you don’t have to adjust to different types of pests for the different families of vegetables.

Vegetables such as asparagus, rhubarbs, and other perennial vegetables must not be rotated. They should be planted separately because of the pests mentioned above.

The more hardy, semi-annual vegetables can be rotated yearly so that no family of vegetables is planted in the same bed for more than four years. If you do some planning before vegetable garden planting, a small plot would look similar to this: four beds for plants that can be rotated, and one bed for perennial, non-rotating plants.

It would also be ideal for people who have vegetable garden plans to spread out the kinds of vegetables they plant so that they don’t harvest too much of the same vegetable in one season. You wouldn’t want to be stuck with too many types of onions in one season, would you?

Throughout the growing season, try to plant varying types of short-season vegetables so that you’ll be assured of a variety of different types of vegetables throughout the season.

If you really plan to get the most out of your vegetable garden planting, it’s best if you do your research first. Check out which companion vegetables go together, check on rotating vegetable crops and whether you have enough space, check which plants you can actually rotate to prevent poisoning and depleting the nutrients of the soil, and spread out the type of vegetables you plant so you won’t have too much of the same thing for the whole planting season.

Kali Winters is gardening enthusiast and author who spends much of her time teaching others how to setup and maintain beautiful, amazing gardens. Her latest book, “Holistic Herbs~A Beginners Guide to Herbal Gardening” is available Here!

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