Crop Rotation Made Simple

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Crop rotation is key to a successful vegetable garden after the first year. It’s also difficult to organize well, particularly if you are growing different a…

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  1. Crop rotation is key to a successful vegetable garden after the first year.
    It’s also difficult to organize well, particularly if you are growing
    different amounts of a variety of crops. This video explains a simple
    colour-coded method of crop rotation that makes the whole process much
    simpler and shows how the Garden Planner software can help.
    Crop Rotation Made Simple

  2. Where should spinach be planted .. with lettuces? in what family does it
    belong and what crop should it follow? I heard that peas and onions should
    NOT be planted together. Can you advise? Thanks. 

  3. Very good question! My feeling is that the benefits from crop rotation
    outweigh those from the companion planting effects of intercropping. I
    would probably choose to intercrop with a plant family that had just been
    grown and then not use that in the same area for at least two years – the
    gap is important. e.g after planting cabbage, you might want to intercrop
    the next planting with arugula (rocket) which is also a brassica. Then
    leave that area free of brassicas for at least a 2 year gap.

  4. Alliums Legumes Brassicas Solanacea Umbeliferae Chenopodiaceae Cucurbits
    did you pick these 7 plant families as the most common garden crops???

  5. if you are intercropping vegetables from a range of familoes for immediate
    mutual benefit, will those benefits out weigh or at leasr equal the
    benefits of crop rotation?

  6. Does your software suggest a garden rotation as an option when first
    setting up beds? Also, do the grey colours mean they are cash crops that
    can be grown as under storey plants too.

  7. In the New Plan dialog at 4:30 in the video it shows options for Irrigation
    and Structures. How do those work?

  8. It all depends on the proportions of each family you want to grow. Usually
    alliums and legumes go well together, as do corn and squash. Brassicas tend
    to be on their own since they often need netting against pests but you can
    put other crop families in there if you wish. The main thing is to rotate
    from one year to the next and our Garden Planner will enable you to do
    that, even if you have different crop families in the same bed as it
    organizes crop rotation on where plants are, not on beds.

  9. Yes, you should still rotate the beds. Fertilizer tends to only add NPK
    (Nitrogen, Phosphorus and Potassium), not all the many other nutrients that
    different plants require. Rototilling will expose some pests in the ground
    to birds but it does nothing for fungal diseases and can actually help
    spread them around.

  10. These are the most common garden crop families that are grown and also the
    ones that most commonly suffer from soil-borne pests and diseases. Some
    people use fewer groups (Umbeliferae and Chenopodiaceae are sometimes
    missed out) but these 7 are generally considered the foundation of good
    crop rotation practice.

  11. Irrigation and Structures are some of the new features that are about to be
    released very soon… subscribe to our channel for more details. We can’t
    wait to show you them!

  12. Curious whether there’s a way to include the pathogen fighting benefits of
    winter cover crops in the program’s memory. For example, planting a
    brassica cover like mustard over the winter before planting tomatoes in
    that bed in the spring to fight harmful nematodes in the soil.

  13. It’s a neat idea Jessica. In fact, that’s another reason why we recommend
    the rainbow sequence towards the end of the video because that does include
    brassica cover crops before the solanacea family, which as you correctly
    point out can suffer from nematodes.

  14. Hi Hank, The software is called the Vegetable Garden Planner and it’s
    available from a number of gardening websites – listed at the bottom of the
    video description (sorry YouTube won’t let me post links here).

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