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Tyler Liebnau Rotating Crops Okay, so you have a home garden and only a small space. You can still rotate your crops. Be diligent in discarding any insect-infested or diseased plant tissue and read the following information. The History of Crop Rotation The farmers of George Washington’s day devised methods to improve the long-term productivity of their land through crop rotation. Washington was not the first farmer to use a crop-rotation plan, but he was one of the first to use an extended rotation plan. Why Rotate Crops? Crops are changed year to year in a planned sequence in different sections of a farm or garden. Rotating crops helps in three ways. Preventing Soil Depletion Each crop uses different types and amounts of minerals from the soil. If the same crop is planted each year, over time the soil is depleted of minerals essential for plant growth and health. A different crop sometimes returns missing minerals to the soil as the plant dies and composts. Fertilizers can return these
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Unformatted text preview: lost chemicals and minerals as well; however, they are not free and often not as effective as a good crop-rotation program. Controlling Insects Insects can hibernate in your soil when you till, plow, or turn your garden over. Those insects reawaken in the spring hungry to reinfest your crop unless you plant something different that does not attract them. Preventing Disease Plant diseases can also hibernate in plant leaves and vines under your soil. You can help guard against this by removing and destroying any diseased plants and rotating your crops. How to Rotate Crops You should rotate crops on a three- to four-year cycle. Rotate them every year so a crop of, say, corn planted this year is not planted in the same field for the next two or three years. Ideally, you should plant altogether different crops each year because insects and disease that affect one crop will also likely affect similar crops....
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