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In order to grow a healthy vegetable garden, it is important to incorporate a crop rotation plan into your vegetable garden planning. Crop rotation is essential in vegetable gardens to ensure good crops year after year. Vegetables belonging to the same family planted in the same area each year become more and more at risk of plant diseases and pest problems. As each plant family provides and obtains different nutrients to and from the soil, planting the same plant family in the same soil overtime will begin to cause growth problems. With crop rotation carefully followed in your vegetable garden plan, you will be able to enjoy an abundance of delicious vegetables for years to come.
There are nine basic families of vegetables; Nightshades (tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, and potatoes), Legumes (peas and beans), Gourd (squash, cucumbers, pumpkins, and melons), Cole (broccoli, cauliflower, kale, cabbage, and Brussels sprouts), Sunflower (sunflowers, Jerusalem artichokes, lettuce, and endive), Carrot (carrots, parsley, parsnips, and celery), Goosefoot (Beets, Swiss chard, and spinach), Grass (corn), and Onion (Onions, garlic, leeks, and scallions). Each one of these families gives and takes different elements to and from the soil. You would want to rotate planting these vegetable families keeping the nutrient demands in mind, so the next vegetable family is sure to benefit from the previous family, not damage the soil. For example, if you plant a heavy feeder like Cole, you would then want to follow it by planting a light feeder such as a plant from the sunflower family, which you would then want to follow with a soil builder like those of the pea family. Proper crop rotation will help reduce plant stress and help restore soil nutrients in return producing a garden filled with an abundance of mouth-watering veggies.
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