Plant Rotation - Knowledgebase Question

Edison, NJ
Question by AlanGretsky
March 24, 1999
I started cabbage seeds for the first time. I plan to plant the seedlings in about 10 days. My question is, Once the cabbage has matured and harvested, can I plant my tomato plants in the same bed that the cabbage plants were planted in the same season? I know cabbage plants are heavy feeders and I plan to add organic material to the soil after they are harvested to replenish nutrients. My problem is that I have limited space for a garden. It currently is only 15x15 feet and I would like to grow as much as possible.


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Answer from NGA
March 24, 1999

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That should work out just fine especially since you are enriching the soil in between crops. The rotation is most important in terms of avoiding disease and pest build up so you would not want to repeat tomatoes, potatoes, peppers and eggplants from year to year in the same spot, or cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower and so on in the same spot. By the way, if you haven't already seen it, you might really enjoy the book "Square Foot Gardening" by Mel Bartholomew ISBN 0-87857-340-2 -- his approach (including crop rotation, succession planting and interplanting) would be just perfect for your size space!

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