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Organic Gardening:

Crop Rotation Benefits Organic Gardening


Crop rotation is very important for your garden's soil. It helps to prevent in disease and helps to replenish nutrients back into your gardens soil. Rotation of crops should be done on a three to four year plan. When plants are in the same location year after year they deplete the nutrients in the soil that they need.

Having a little knowledge of plants botanical names will help you with there relationship of other plants. When rotating crops you want to keep from rotating planting plants from the same family. There are many diseases that can attack plants that are from the same family. Know and learn about your plants and what there needs are and you will have a big success in crop rotation.

There are certain plants that shouldn't be planted where another crop has been. Cucumbers leave toxins in the soil where they have been planted that can cause tomato plants to die. Corn uses a lot of nitrogen so rotating with peas or beans will replenish the nitrogen back into the soil. There are several combination of plants that can be rotated to benefit each other.

The rotation of crops not only benefits the garden by helping to prevent disease and insect problems, it can also benefit the soil. Rotating crops with crops that have different root systems depths will help the soil structure by aerating the soil and adding nutrients at different depths of the soil. The planting of cover crops both legume and non-legume is another way to improve the soil structure of your garden by the adding of nutrients and organic matter to the soil.

Crop rotation is something that has been around for centuries. When looking at nature you will see a constant cycle of crop rotation going on all the time. If it has been working for nature for all these years it can work for you in your garden too. Watching and learning what nature has to offer is a good way to learn how organic gardening works.

A environment friendly and healthy way of gardening. Organic Gardening is away of gardening in harmony with nature. Growing a healthy and productive crop in a way that is healthier for both you and the environment. Article Source

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