Crop rotation is important for many reasons including
preventing depletion of the soil
and preventing diseases and parasites.
You don’t have to follow a specific rotation to get the benefits. Just planting a different type of crop then you grew previously in the spot will be highly beneficial. ie: plant tomatoes where cucumbers were last year and hide from the tomato hornworm!
A Perfectionist Crop 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, and pulls up nutrients from down below (ex: carrots)
Below is a sample crop rotation of 8 zones. The top left is what was planted there the year before, and the top right is what will follow next year.