Noreen and all,
Should gardeners who have small field-style plots -- 10 x 10, 10 x 20, 20 x
30, etc.-- rotate crops each year? Some in our community of gardeners say
"yes" and others "no". Is there a general guideline someone can point me to
regarding this issue?
Your help with this is appreciated.
IMHO, some rotation is necessary, to prevent some of the previous year's
diseases and soil dwelling pests from infecting your crops this year. The
general rules: not to plant nightshades(tomatoes, potatoes, etc.) is the
same spot for several years, since they are quite susceptible to the same
diseases; ditto for brassica(cabbage, broccoli, radishes, etc.).
Check out the following from the U. of Minnesota:
And a simple garden map for the year makes really good sense!
Diane Dodge, Minnesota Master Gardener
P.S. ACGA Conference is being held in MINNESOTA this year! Y'all come!
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