Re: crop rotation questions

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Posted by Newt on December 02, 2002 at 09:09:41:

In Reply to: crop rotation questions posted by rebeka on August 18, 2002 at 22:39:50:

: hi-- i'm in austin, TX- & am getting ready to plant a late summer-fall garden.... i've uprooted all my tomato & cucmber plants-- which are the only things that survived the summer-- at least until a couple weeks ago, when we had all that continuous rain, which killed everything. (although my plants are usually all fried by this time of year anyway, because of the droughts.)

: so-- i know you're supposed to rotate crops, but could i get some more info about this? what if you have a very small garden? can you just change varieties? how far away from the original spot do you have to move the new plant?
: i'm not sure i understand exactly WHY planting the same crop in the same spot twice in a row is a bad idea. i've heard that it makes the next plant more suceptable to disease, but why is this? and i realize the soil may be weakened, but what if you keep composting & replenishing it? THANKS for any info....!!

: ~rebeka


Hi Rebeka,

Some great questions here. Just changing the variety of the plant won't help to ward off diseases that might be in the soil. It will also not help to keep certain pests away.

Here's a site that should be an interesting read.

http://search.gardenweb.com/search/?sp-a=00040229-sp00000000&sp-p=all&sp-q=%22crop+rotation%22

Another way to gets lots of info is to go to www.google.com and put in quotes like this: "crop rotation".

Good luck,
Newt

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