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Crop rotation key for vegetable gardens

Tomatoes are a heavy feeder - rotate them in your garden regularly
Tomatoes are a heavy feeder - rotate them in your garden regularly
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If you’re still planning your vegetable garden for the season, don’t forget to rotate your crops. Sure, the tomatoes might have been perfectly placed last year, and the temptation will be to put them in the same spot this year, but Park Seed Co. has put together some tips that will help you move those veggies!

· Crop rotation will help cut down on diseases and pests in the garden.

· Some crops “feed” more than others – use more resources of the soil. If you plant a heavy feeder in an area one year, follow it up the next year with a “cover crop” to help rebuild the soil, and a light-feeding crop the third year.

· Examples of heavy-feeding crops: tomatoes, corn, peppers, eggplants, cabbage and broccoli.

· Examples of cover crops: beans and peas.

· Examples of light-feeding crops: root vegetables like onions, carrots, beets and potatoes; also herbs, cucumbers, melons and squash.

· Cover crops will help enrich the soil – after harvest, work the spent plants back into the soil.

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