The Q&A Archives: Crop Rotation In The Same Season

Question: I know that rotating crops is a great idea, but I was wondering -- if I plant lettuce in the spring and later in the summer plant beans or tomatoes in the same spot, is that considered rotating? Or if II plant beans in the spring and later sow a fall crop of greens in the same spot, is that crop rotation?

Answer: The short answer? Yes!

Crop rotation is defined as planting different crops, or families of crops, in a different location each season. The process deters the build-up of soil borne diseases and promotes soil fertility. Every plant belongs to a "family" classification, which have basic characteristics in common, although they may not always be obvious.

An example of a family of crops would be the cabbage family, which includes cabbage, broccoli, kale, kohlrabi, cauliflower, brussel sprouts. Another big family of veggies is the cucumber family, which including cukes, melons, and squashes. The examples you give are considered proper crop rotation. Keep up the good work!

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