Crop Rotation

Posted March 17, 2015 in Herb Gardening, Melbourne, Organic, Produce Gardening, Raised Bed Gardening, Sustainability, Yarra Valley

I know I haven’t posted in quite a long time, I would say there is a strong correlation between this and having a child! I missed last autumn and winter’s planting, but can’t wait to get my brassicas growing this season!

I wanted to talk about the importance of crop rotation and show you an example of a one year crop rotation cycle.

Different veggies have different nutritional requirements, meaning that different nutrients are getting drained from the soil. In order to get the most out of your soil, it helps to rotate your crops. This can be done by knowing which veggies are heavy feeders and which are light feeders. Rotating your crops also minimises disease and pests in the soil, as they won’t have their preferred veggies for long enough.

Adding compost or any organic matter each season is also essential for beautiful and healthy soil where worms will be thriving!

Below is an example of a one year crop rotation system. In the top row are spring/summer veggies and the bottom row is autumn/winter veggies.

Corn, cucumber, tomatoes and tomatillo’s are all heavy feeders and they would therefore be replaced with light feeders such as garlic, silverbeet, broad beans and beetroot. Beans are a light feeder and could be replaced with a heavy feeder such as brussels sprouts.

If you haven’t already pulled your spring/summer crops out then hopefully this will help you when planting your new seedlings this autumn/winter! Let me know how you get on!

All illustrations by Madeleine Baud.

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