Crop Rotation Organic Farming

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Crop Rotation Organic Gardening

Crop rotation is important for organic gardening

Crop rotation and companion planting are a must if you are going to grow an organic vegetable garden

The importance of Crop Rotation

Crop rotation is an important part of growing an organic vegetable garden.  With crop rotation your plants will be less susceptible to pests and diseases that can be found in the soil.

Each vegetable family takes nutrients from the soil at different levels and some add it back, so crop rotation helps to keep the nutrients in the soil balanced.

Some plants in the garden such as broccoli have large leaves helping to keep the weeds down in the garden, helping to keep the ground more weed free for the next crop of say carrots.

With crops like cauliflower and cabbage it is not recommended to grow them in the same spot for more than two years.  So a 2-year rotation is good, but I like to rotate my crops every year so I do a 4-year rotation.  Crops for rotation are grouped into the 4 families below:

Pod Crops & Legumes:

Bush Beans

Broad Beans



Garlic, Onions



Root & Fruiting

Potatoes, Carrots

Parsnips, Celery



Brassicas & Leafy Vegetables

Spinach, Turnips




Kale, Broccoli

Brussels Sprouts


Swiss Chard

Pick the vegetables you want to grow and use the chart above to help create your rotation plan.

Families should be kept together and at the same time remember your companion planting.  Draw up a plan on paper and be sure to keep it so you can refer to it the following year.

Always keep records of your planting plan as well as how your vegetables grew so you can refer to it the following year.

I keep my book close by during planting and growing and put it away with my seeds in the fall.  Keeping records is another important part of growing your garden.  If you don’t write it down, your won’t remember it next spring.

4 thoughts on “Crop Rotation Organic Farming”

  1. The Crop Rotation Organic was helpful in some gardening that I am starting to plant at the present time.

    The Vegetable layout plans make it easy to put together and a very good reminder for those of us who need a reminder.

    The Like and dislikes that you have set up makes it much easier in Companion Planting.

    A great resource to use time and again. It has been bookmarked.

    • I’m glad to hear it’s been helpful for you Robert. I always draw up a plan, because the following spring I’ll forget what was where. It’s really key with crop rotation. Thanks for stopping by. Happy Gardening

  2. I’m a beginner-yet-avid organic gardener. It’s only been a year since I’ve been growing my own fruits and vegetables and it is certainly a rewarding process. I was aware of crop rotation, but never knew that there are the crops of same families should be kept together. Thanks for pointing that out.

    Looking forward to your future posts!

    • Growing your own certainly is rewarding, we know what we are putting into our bodies.  Crop rotation I think is an important part of growing strong healthy vegetables.  Thanks for stopping by the site.


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