Crop Rotation Will Help Your Soil Keep Proper PH

Crop rotation is important in any garden when planting year after year. Learn how to rotate your crops.

Crop Rotation has been in effect as far back as the Indians and our ancestors. Our ancestors never planted the same crops in the same row each year. Vegetables take certain nutrients from the soil, therefore rotating crops each year will make the soil richer and put back certain nutrients. Also, soil gets a high and low pH, according to the vegetable being planted there, so rotating crops helps put back those nutrients in the soil without you having to add your own chemicals and additives to the soil.

For crop rotation, divide your garden into three areas. For the first area, plant crops like onions, potatoes and beets, these are considered root crops.

In the second section that you have made, plant cabbage family crops, such as brussel sprouts, cauliflower, cabbage, etc. These are considered the "medium" feeders off the soil where nutrients are concerned.

In the third section, plant corn, melons, squash and tomatoes. Include cucumbers also. These are called the heavy feeders of your garden area. Radishes and pumpkins also fall under being heavy feeders. Heavy feeders are any vegetable that takes a lot of nutrients out of the soil in order to grow.

Each year, the section that was first must be moved to the second area where the cabbage family was and so on. Each year, you will be shifting the previous year's crop to the right. If there are any preparations needed for the soil, do so at the time of planting. If the soil is prepared ahead of time, you will yield a large crop with the help of crop rotation. You will find your vegetables to look larger and your plants to look healthier.

Be sure you map out where the crops are every year, so that you know where to move them the following year. You will be the envy of your neighborhood as people wonder how you grew such large vegetables!

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