Skip to main content
  1. Life
  2. Home & Living
  3. Gardening

Crop rotation key for vegetable gardens

See also

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.

Learn more about gardening at

The Buffalo Gardening Examiner annually purchases seeds and plants from Park Seed Co., but receives no reimbursement from the company.

Check out all of Paula’s Buffalo Examiner columns:

· Buffalo Events

· Buffalo Sports Travel

· Buffalo Travel

· Buffalo Gardening

· Buffalo Baking

· Buffalo Motorsports

Follow Paula on:

· Facebook – Paula Thompson Freelance

· Twitter - @paulat14

· Website –

· Flickr – PaulaThompsonFreelance

Contact Paula at



  • ESPYS party
    Athletes and celebrities hit the red carpet at Body at the ESPYS party
    Today's Buzz
  • Healthy balance
    Keeping a healthy balance is so important for your own well-being
    15 Photos
  • Apollo
    NASA observes 45th anniversary of Apollo 11: One giant leap for mankind
    14 Photos
  • Unique jewelry
    Nothing catches the eye or completes and outfit like a great piece of jewelry
    12 Photos
  • Student Farmworker Alliance
    Student-Farmworker Alliance launches 'Boot the Braids' web site
    15 Photos
  • Exercise
    Find out why you should exercise to compliment your diet
    10 Photos