Crop rotation is important for many reasons including preventing depletion of the soil and preventing diseases and parasites. At the Farm we do an 8 box rotation, but this can be done on a different scale such as a 4 box rotation.
Order of rotation = 1 -> 2 -> 3 -> 4 -> 1
- Legume – fixes nitrogen (ex: beans)
- Leaf – need nitrogen (ex: lettuce)
- Fruit – need phosphorus but little nitrogen (ex: tomatoes)
- Root – need less nutrients than the rest (ex: carrots)
Below is what each of our garden boxes contains this year in large print. The top left is what was planted there the year before, and the top right is what will follow next year.