How to rotate your vegetable crops to get the best out of your soil.
Onions and Turnips
Did you know that the soil in your garden is just like your bank account?. Draw out all your money and your account is empty and you starve.
Vegetables can be divided into families or tribes, and each family makes a different demand on the soil. If you know what the particular family does to your soil you can avoid the depletion of the soil by rotating the crops.
The vegetable tribes.
The Chenopodiaceae family consists of Beetroot Mercury and Spinach.
The Compositae family consists of Artichoke globe, Artichoke Jerusalem, Chickory, Endive, Lettuce, salsify, scolymos, scorzonera.
The Cruciferae family consists of Broccoli, Brussel Sprouts, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Cress,Kale, Kohlrabi, Mustard, Savoy, Swede, Turnip, Watercress
The Cucurbitaceae family consists of cucumbers and marrows.
The Leguminosae family consists of Broad bean, French Bean, Runner Bean and Peas
The Liliaceae family consists of Asparagus, Chives, Garlic. Leek, Onion and Shallot
The Solanaceae family consists of Aubergine, Capsicum, Potato and Tomato.
The Umbelliferae family consists of Carrots, Celery, Finocchio, Parsley and Pasnip.
The rule to rotating crops is not to plant the same family of vegetables in the same bed two years in a row.
Below is a three year rotational plan for you garden.
Plot One - Year One
How to rotate your plots.
Plants that are beneficial to each other.
Plant potatoes followed by peas. Peas add nitrogen to the soils which benefits the potatoes.
Good plant partnerships
Celery and leeks
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