Crop rotation - should a certain order be followed?

Asked April 17, 2015, 10:42 AM EDT

I read your article "Planning the Vegetable Garden" where crop rotation is discussed. Please verify that the order of groups in table 1 is the best rotation process to follow. For example, in a given area, this year I plant from group A. Next year the same area will be planted from group B, etc. Also, can I skip a group or two, and not mess up my soil?

Cocke County Tennessee

1 Response

The letters put th similar plants into families. Plants in the same family tend to get attecked by the same or similar insects or diseases..

You don't have to follow a straight ABCD planting. The idea is to rotate to a different family each year or when insects or diseases seem to be building up in that area. In a small garden this is not always easy but at least it may help some with root problems.

https://utextension.tennessee.edu/publications/Documents/SP291-M.pdf