Planning Crop Rotation

Keep your plans all in one place, a garden journal is a wonderful thing!

When I first planned my garden, I created four beds so I could rotate my crops from year to year. I  spent  a lot of time and effort figuring out what to plant together.  Now that  I have my plan, it’s no big deal to figure out where and what to plant from year to year. I just remember where the tomatoes were the year before and shift over one plot. Easy as pie!

There are several reasons why you should rotate your crops. First, certain plants deplete the soil and others build nutrients in the soil. Second, it’s supposed to confuse the pests (Ha!). Third, replanting a plant in the same place where diseased plants were the year before may recreate that disease. (For example, you don’t want to plant tomatoes in the same patch where there was tomato blight the year before.)

There are so many different options for rotating crops. My advice it to pick one, run with it and don’t sweat the details. You can make adjustments over the years if you come across a plan you like better. Here are two plans that Ayn Whytemare of Found Well farm suggests…

Super Simple:

• Root (Onions, garlic, turnips, carrots, radishes)
• Leaf (Lettuce, spinach, herbs, cabbage, broccoli)
• Fruit (Tomatoes, squash, cucumbers, peppers)
• Legumes (Beans, peas)

Here is a good link from an organic gardener using this method.

Crop Rotation PDF


Crop Rotation using Plant Families…

• Tomato (Tomatoes and Peppers, Eggplant, Potatoes)
• Legumes (Peas and Beans)
• Cabbage ( Broccoli, Cabbage, ,Kale, Pac Choi, Kohlarabi, Brussel Sprouts, turnips, radishes, rutebega)
• Grass (Corn, Sorghum, Grains)
• Squash (Cukes, Pumpkins, Melons, Gourds)
• Carrot (Carrots, Celery, Parsley, Parsnips)
• Onion (Onion, Leeks,  Shallots)
• Sunflower (Lettuce, Sunflowers, Jerusalem Artichoke)
• Bitter Greens (Spinach,  Chard, Beets)



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