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Crop rotation is one technique used in organic farming. Growing organic food means using organic soil (or organic garden soil in organic vegetable gardening) and natural, chemical-free growing practices.
Using rotation is important in ensuring you have a garden that is going to grow the best vegetables. Successful and productive organic vegetable gardening needs crop rotation to develop healthy organic soil. (Please note: all ingredients (soil, seeds, seedlings, plants, fertilizer, and more) must be organic.)
Many people begin by planting some of their favourite vegetables and decide to make it an annual event. After a couple of years their vegetables begin to suffer and they do not understand what is wrong with their garden. By planting the same things over and over in the same spot, the vegetables begin to suffer and do not grow well.
Basically the soil gets worn out and the nutrients they need are no longer in the soil. By rotating where you plant certain types of vegetables (remember to grow members of the same species together - see crop grouping below - you will be giving your organic soil a rest from the demands of that particular type/species of vegetable.
When the soil receives a different species of vegetable, it is replenished with a wider range of minerals and nutrients, due to the new requirements of that species.
This produces healthy vegetables, as well as protecting against pests and disease, and ensures healthy organic vegetable gardening.
The best way to be successful with crop rotation is to move your plants in sequence so that it takes at least three years for the original plant species to get back to where it started.
Because certain garden pests attack only certain plants, when the plant is changed it causes the pest to lose its natural cycles in turn, stopping them from attacking your vegetables.
While we are on the subject of pest control, let's have a look at a few other ways of guarding against pests and disease, in conjunction with crop rotation.
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