Crop Rotation Guide

This Crop Rotation Guide will help you have a healthy and successful gardening year. Different plants require different nutrients in the soil and they also deplete the soil of certain nutrients. By figuring out the patterns of the various types of vegetable crops, you can use this knowledge to your advantage to have a rotation of crops that balance and feed your gardening soil. A great benefit to your garden for years to come!

Crop Rotation Guide

I’ve been studying crop rotation ideas in various gardening books and have found that everyone has a different opinion about how to do this.

At first, I was frustrated and overwhelmed at all of the options to choose from. However, I finally chose some ideas from a few of my favorite gardening books and put it all together. My crop rotation guide is clear to understand and very helpful….at the very least, helpful for me. I hope it helps you, too!

My Crop Rotation Guide

This Crop Rotation Guide was updated in December 2019.

I divided my garden into four main parts (aside from two smaller areas for my perennials like asparagus and rhubarb) and then moved the four parts clockwise to the next section in the following year.

For example, after the first year, Group 1 will be moved to the area of the garden where Group 2 had been, Group 2 will move to Group 3’s old location, etc. I hope this makes sense! Add a question to the comment section if you are confused…


Crop Rotation Guide from The Homestead Garden

So there you have it, my Crop Rotation Guide. If you are looking for more gardening tips/suggestions for a great gardening season, check out these links:


What do YOU intend on growing this year?? Please leave a comment below! I love talking about gardens! 


Crop Rotation Guide


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    1. Asparagus is a perennial, so you would not crop rotate them. Melons are in the squash family. Radishes are a root vegetable. Strawberries are also a perennial, so choose their bed carefully. Tragically, I don’t like corn and okra, so I have very little knowledge on how to grow them.

  1. Very good article! I’d suggest planting corn with the beans in group 2. Pole beans and corn grow great together and the beans can be trained up the corn stalk. Just my thoughts.

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