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Post  AprilakaCCIL on 8/26/2011, 12:14 am

As if it's not already a challenge in planning for a Fall & Spring garden then there's crop rotation.

Some websites suggest to not plant the same vegetable family in the same area again for 3-4 years.

GEZ!!!!!!!!! (((3-4 years)) That could get complicating be even more of a challenge during the planning.

My question is...Are you guys doing the crop rotation? 1-2 years seems more realistic to me.

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Re: Crop Rotation

Post  Chopper on 8/26/2011, 12:23 am

Because of the nature of SFG and its specifics I would not worry one bit about crop rotation. I mean do you really think moving something over one square matters? The idea is not to let soil borne diseases build up in the soil plus avoiding things like nematodes.

If you did not have any problems with specific diseases that carry over from year to year I would not worry about it at all. And even then it is a small issue in an SFG compared to having 40 acres planted with one single crop. Having variety in our boxes effectively serves the purpose of rotating - not letting one single crop specific disease to run rampant.

As you can guess, I do not worry about it.

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Post  boffer on 8/26/2011, 12:26 am

@Chopper wrote:As you can guess, I do not worry about it.

Me either.

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Post  middlemamma on 8/26/2011, 12:28 am

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Re: Crop Rotation

Post  AprilakaCCIL on 8/26/2011, 12:43 am

Great! Me 4 then! This is a relief b/c I was like dang, I'm going to need to create more MM beds in-order to fall suit-properly dealing w/crop rotation.

Another bonus for having a SFG. afro

Thanx guys...you've helped me lots. Very Happy

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Re: Crop Rotation

Post  littlejo on 8/26/2011, 2:11 pm

I'm having to do a sort of crop rotation. First, I messed up and wanted lots of crops, enough to freeze/can, so, I made several beds and planted numerous sqs. of each item. I planted 1/2 bed with sqs of green beans. I got nematodes which came up from the ground and into the MM. Nematodes love MM. I've been told not to plant green beans in that bed for at least 2 seasons. I have to plant French Marigolds in that bed, grow for 2 months, then turn under. I will be planting F. marigolds in all beds in between the sqs. for my ground has nematodes. I will at least have a pretty garden!

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Post  littlesapphire on 8/26/2011, 2:15 pm

I plan on doing a little bit of crop rotation, partly because I'm afraid of bugs and disease finding my plants, and partly because I'm curious if certain plants do better in certain spots. Since some of my boxes are in more shade or better wind protection than others, I want to see which plant likes which spot the best. So far I've found the best spot for my squash!

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