Should you amend your soil in the spring? Yes! Should you use a rototiller to work it in? No! In this podcast episode, I’ll share eight essential spring gardening tips to get your growing season off to a great start! Starting a new garden bed over grass? I’ll share a few ways to remove it, plus tips for rotating crops, pest management, and more!
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For a healthy garden it is important rotate crops from year to year within your garden. You don’t want to grow the same plant, or plants from the same family, in the same location year after year. The chart below lists common garden vegetable families and will help you with your crop rotation plan.
For example: If you grew tomatoes in bed “A” last year, you will want to rotate them to bed “B” this year – or at least a different location within a single bed. In addition, you don’t want to plant any other vegetables from the Nightshade family in bed “A” this year.
Rotating crops keeps your soil healthy and reduces the likelihood of insect and disease pathogens that can build up when the same plants are grown in the same location year after year.
Vegetable Plant Families
|Onion Family (Amaryllidaceae)
Goosefoot Family (Chenopodiaceae)
Mustard Family (Cruciferae)
|Composite Family (Compositae)
Cucurbit Family (Cucurbhaceae)
squash (all types)
watermelon Grass Family (Gramineae)
|Legume Family (Leguminosae)
beans (all types)
Nightshade Family (Solanaceae)
Parsley Family (Apiaceae)