This is a useful system that helps gardeners to get the most out of their crops by creating a healthy growing environment for the plants. Successful gardening starts with the root system, meaning it is vital to plant in the best quality mix that suits your plant’s requirement. Crop rotation can:
- Make the soil more fertile
- Reduce the risk of crop failure
- Control pests and diseases
- Prevent erosion
As different plant families have different requirement, understanding their needs enables you to create the ideal growing environment to get the best results. By grouping crops that like similar soil types, nutrients and have similar pest control systems means you can become more efficient and get the most out of your garden.
Common grouping options:
Root vegetables: carrots, beetroot, radish
Potato family: tomato, eggplant, potato/p>
Legumes: beans, peas
Brassicas and leafy: broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, spinach, lettuce, silverbeet
Onion family: leek, garlic, onion, shallot
Curcubits: courgette, squash, pumpkin, cucumber
Simply choose what you want to grow and group the plants together. Divide your garden into the number of areas needed, planting the different groups in different areas. Once the growing season is done, dig over the soil and plan to plant a different group of crops in each area the following season. You can also add a ground cover in the mix if you want to have a break from growing produce.