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The first rule of home gardening is “don't plant the same plants in the same place year after year.” Why? Disease, fungus and insects, that's why. When you rotate your crops (that is, plant them in different areas of the garden from one year to the next), it doesn't give a disease or a root fungus a chance to really take hold and infect the garden. Insects that might winter over wake up to find that the food they dined on last year is no longer available, and something new, which they dislike, has been planted in its place. The insects usually die and the garden retains its good health.

Rotating Vegetables In The Garden

Crop rotation can be easier said than done, however. If you have lots of land it can be rather simple, but if you are stretched for space, as we are, then it becomes more difficult. For instance, the taller crops, such as corn, are best grown towards the north end of the garden least they shade other crops that need the sun. And some parts of the garden contain too much shade to grow hot, sun loving plants like tomatoes and peppers. But try the best that you can to rotate your crops. If you absolutely cannot do this, then try interplanting your crops instead, as this can sometimes achieve the same results as rotating.

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