Vegetable Garden

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


Common Vegetable Families

*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


  • 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

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