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.
The first season of planting could be devoted to leafy plants, the next season to fruits, followed by the root plants and then legumes.
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
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