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When it comes to your garden, the best defense against disease and pests is a great offense. A great offense is crop rotation.
Don’t ever plant the same crop in the same spot year after year. Not only is the soil depleted of the nutrients that a particular crop may need to flourish, but it also makes it much more prone to disease and pests.
Here are just a few suggestions when it comes to crop rotation:
- Make yourself a schedule so that you know what was planted when.
- I suggest drawing up at least a 3 year rotation so that you are sure that soil is ready for that particular crop again.
- If you need a little help mapping out a rotation check out this publication from Penn State. It is the simplest rotation schedule that I have found.
Once you get a schedule, crop rotation is easy and it is a great, organic alternative to synthetic chemicals. Good Luck