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crop rotation

Noreen and all,

Noreen wrote:
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!

Happy Gardening,

Diane Dodge, Minnesota Master Gardener

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