Rotation Of Vegetable Crops

Rotation of crops

There is another thing to be considered in making each vegetable do its best, and 

that is crop rotation, or the following of any vegetable with a different sort at the 

next planting. With some vegetables, such as cabbage, this is almost imperative, 

and practically all are helped by it. Even onions, which are popularly supposed to 

be the proving exception to the rule, are healthier, and do as well after some 

other crop, provided the soil is as finely pulverized and rich as a previous crop of 

onions would leave it.

Here are the fundamental rules of crop rotation:

(1) Crops of the same vegetable, or vegetables of the same family (such as 

turnips and cabbage) should not follow each other.

(2) Vegetables that feed near the surface, like corn, should follow deep-rooting 


(3) Vines or leaf crops should follow root crops.

(4) Quick-growing crops should follow those occupying the land all season.

These are the principles which should determine the rotations to be followed in 

individual cases. The proper way to attend to this matter is when making the 

planting plan. You will then have time to do it properly, and will need to give it no 

further thought for a year.

With the above suggestions in mind, and put to use , it will not be difficult 

to give the crops those special attentions which are needed to make them 

do their very best.