The most basic form of crop rotation is also the simplest: never plant the same thing in the same place twice. A good crop rotation plan is a sort of seasonal dance in which the crops move from spot to spot, and it helps create a garden that is constantly new and intriguing.
The aim of rotation is threefold: to balance nutrient demands, foil insect and disease attacks, and deter weeds. Figuring out rotations, and finding an elegant solution to the puzzles of planning, can be fascinating work.
–Leaves: Thrive on nitrogen; examples include lettuce, salad greens, chicory, spinach, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, kale and kohlrabi.
–Fruits: Need phosphorus; examples include squashes, cucumbers, melons, pumpkins, tomatoes, peppers, and eggplants.
–Roots: Love potassium; examples include onions, shallots, garlic, scallions, leeks, carrots, beets, turnips, and radishes.
–Soil builders and cleaners: Legumes are excellent for the soil because because they store nitrogen from the air and release it into the soil; examples of cleaners include corn and potatoes, examples of builders include beans and peas.
The first season of planting could be devoted to leafy plants, the next season to fruits, followed by the root plants and then legumes.
–Squash: melons, squash, cucumber, and pumpkins.
–Mustard: broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, kohlrabi, kale, mustard, radishes, and turnips.
–Tomato: tomatoes, eggplants, peppers, and potatoes.
–Beet: beets, spinach, and chard.
–Legumes: beans and peas.
–Onion: onions, leeks, scallions, garlic, and shallots.
–Carrot: Carrots, dill, parsnips, and parsley.
Adapted from Straight-Ahead Organic,by Shepherd Ogden. Copyright (c)1992, 1999 by Shepherd Ogden. Reprinted by permission of Chelsea Green Publishing Company.
Adapted from Straight-Ahead Organic,by Shepherd Ogden