Gear up for Fall Gardening: Vegetable Families and Crop Rotation

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Even though our summer temperatures have been much kinder this year than in years past, we’ve had  a busy summer navigating a steep learning curve this first year on our new homestead.

Imagine my surprise then when I looked up a few days ago and realized all of a sudden it was August ~ time to gear up for fall gardening.

As we get ready to plan for this next growing season one of the things we’ll take in to consideration is crop rotation.

Crop rotation is basically what it states: rotating annual crops from bed to bed or from one area to another within the bed so that no one crop is grown in the same place twice. This is one way of naturally controlling pests and diseases in the garden.  In order to effectively rotate your crops, a gardener needs to know their vegetable families.

Members of the same family tend to attract the same pests, and tend to be prone to the same diseases. Often times the offspring of these pests, and/or the bacteria that cause these diseases can be found in the soil.  Locating the plants elsewhere the following season will help keep your garden healthy.

I wrote about this in detail yesterday over at Gnowfglins where I’m pleased and proud to be a contributing writer.  You can read the post in its entirety here.  I do  hope you’ll drop by and say hello. :)

Are you planning a fall garden?  Do you rotate your crops?

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Gear up for Fall Gardening: Vegetable Families and Crop Rotation — 3 Comments

  1. Yeah…I’m not sure how to do this since I have such a small garden. If I move tomatoes to any other spot, the whole garden will get too much shade!

    • Then I say leave them alone if you aren’t having a problem with nematodes. They’ll probably be fine.