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Crop Rotation. Understanding Vegetable Families.

March 11, 2011

Understanding Crop Rotation and Vegetable FamiliesVegetables can be grouped into ‘families’.

Once you know which groups these vegetables fall into, it makes crop rotation a lot easier (see previous post on crop rotation).

So in a four-year crop rotation, four beds might include

Bed 1:        *Solanaceae (potato crops)
Bed 2:         Legumes (pea crops)
Bed 3:         Brassica (cabbage crops)
Bed 4:          **Onions/Others

Solanaceae
Legumes
Brassicaceae
(Brassicas)
Apiaceae
(Root Crops)
Potatoes
Tomatoes
Peppers –
  sweet &
  chilli
Aubergines
Peas
Broad Beans
Runner Beans
French Beans
Lima Beans
Soya Beans
Peanuts
Lentils
Asparagus Peas
Cabbages
Brussels Sprouts
Cauliflowers
Broccoli
Kale
Kohl-rabi
Swedes
Mustard
Turnips
Seakale
Cress
Radish
Horseradish
Carrots
Parsnips
Celery
Celeriac
Caraway
Angelica
Parsley
Florence Fennel
Chervil
Coriander
Liliaceae, Alliums
Chenopodiaceae
Cucurbitaceae
Asteraceae
Onions
Leeks
***Asparagus
Chives
Garlic
Beetroot
Spinach
Seakale
Swiss chard
Spinach beet
Cucumbers
Marrows
Courgettes
Pumpkins
Melons
Squash
Lettuce
Chicory
Endive
Salsify
Scorzonera
Dandelions
*Globe Artichokes
Chinese/Jerusalem
  Artichokes
Angelica
Tarragon
Gramineae
Sweetcorn
*it’s usual to plant potatoes and tomatoes in different areas of the garden. As members of the same family they are both susceptible to blight (Phytophthora infestans). ** Can be split into a 5 yr rotation *** Perennial

4 Comments

  • Reply Mr. H. March 11, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    I enjoyed your posts on crop rotation, this is something we struggle with due to sunlight constraints in our garden. The plan you suggested has given me some very good ideas though.

  • Reply Greenside Up March 18, 2011 at 10:21 am

    Thanks Mr H. There are lots of variations of crop rotation but the principle is the same… move the families around together. I read an article recently in Gardeners World magazine that suggests that lettuce, spinach, round and stump-rooted carrots, beetroot, radish, oriental vegetables and swiss chard will all grow in light shade. They also said that you should be mindful of soil fertility and moisture to make up for the lack of sunlight. They also suggested early potatoes, leeks, turnips and swede

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