Crop Rotation For a Naturally Healthy Garden

Crop rotation makes your vegetable garden soil continually productive by keeping it from becoming nutrient depleted. It’s also a naturally organic way to keep pest infestations from taking hold.

The simplest way to set up a crop rotation plan is to have your vegetable garden bed divided into 4 equal areas. You’ll need to plant each of four types of vegetable varieties: heavy feeders with big leaves and vines ( lettuce, corn, squash), medium feeders (peppers and tomatoes), light feeders (root crops like carrots and turnips), and soil builders (legumes such as peas and beans). Heavy feeders use lots of nitrogen to grow big leaves and vines. Medium feeders use lots of phosphorus to build fruit. Light feeders use lots of potassium for root structures. The soil builders take nitrogen right out of the air and convert it into nitrates in the soil, thereby replenishing the soil’s nitrogen.

The rotation sequence should always lead with the soil builders, followed by the heavy feeders, then the medium feeders and lastly the light feeders. Each year, move them all one section, keeping the same relative relationships between each group. Doing crop rotation also prevents insect pests who laid eggs on your plants one year from waking up to the plant meal they expected, and instead to something they don’t want to eat. They die from lack of food, saving you the trouble of having to deal with them later in the season. This is a totally organic way of preventing pest infestations. Watch the video here for more information.

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