Crop Rotation at the Veggie-Bed

crop rotation graph
Graphic by: Tom Myrick

Writer: Tom Myrick

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At the Veggie-Bed this 2019 growing season, we decided to group vegetables that have similar nutritional requirements in the same beds. The groups are designated to the following categories:
• Leaf Crops (utilizes nitrogen in the soil)
• Legume Crops (replenishes nitrogen in the soil)
• Root Crops (utilizes potassium in the soil)
• Fruit Crops (utilizes phosphorus in the soil)

Since these are new beds, a mixture of manure and compost for increasing the nitrogen level, along with potash (potassium) and colloidal phosphate (phosphorus) was worked into the ground.

At the beginning of the next growing season in 2020, we will test the soil and amend as needed. The vegetable groups will rotate in the following order:
Leaf Crops → Legume Crops → Root Crops → Fruit Crops → Leaf Crops

This creates a four-year rotation cycle that will help prevent the spread of plant diseases and reduce insect infestations.

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Tom Myrick

"When life kicks you in the butt, use it as energy for forward motion", Tom Myrick. I graduated from the Media Production Technology Curriculum at Tidewater Community College in 1988. Working as a professional Media Production Specialist/Photojournalist for most of my adult life, I became proficient in many aspects of multimedia production. In 2006, I completed the Master Gardener program and started attending horticulture classes at a local community college. Writing, photography, and gardening are passions of mine; altogether, a “marriage made in heaven". Having a diversified set of work skills and a lifetime of experience, I currently write for several online vegetable gardening publications and own a landscaping business. My mission is to encourage vegetable gardening throughout the world. Play in the dirt, Tom

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