Crop rotation

Asked April 30, 2017, 7:55 PM EDT

I want to plant brussels sprouts, kale and broccoli in a garden bed that used to have 4 cabbage plants last year. The cabbages didn't do well (got eaten up by an insect) and I eventually tossed them out way before they were able to get big. Would I still be able to plant the brussels sprouts, kale and broccoli this year in that same bed (if they are about a foot away from the area where the cabbages once grew?) or do you recommend that I put them somewhere else? Thanks!

Howard County Maryland broccoli kale crop rotation brussel sprouts

1 Response

If your garden is large, you can rotate your crops to another section, but if your garden is small this may not be practical.
You can still plant brussel sprouts for a spring planting but it is too late for broccoli or kale. You will have to wait for a fall planting for these vegetables.
Take a look at our Vegetable Profiles and Common Problems of these vegetables.
for prevention and control. Be prepared to protect your plants with floating row cover to deter egg laying.
http://extension.umd.edu/growit/vegetable-profiles-brussels-sprouts
http://extension.umd.edu/growit/vegetable-profiles-leafy-greens
http://extension.umd.edu/growit/vegetable-profiles-broccoli
http://extension.umd.edu/growit/vegetable-profiles-cabbage

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