Crop Rotation Conundrum

I have tried to take my crop rotation seriously, but it is so confusing!  I think I have ironed it out and use signs that I rotate to the next bed each year. A simple solution that means I don’t need to think about it again. But then every now and again something pops up that makes me wonder.

I haven’t even explored companion planting yet as this would be too much for my poor addled brain.  One day I will take that step, but not today.

Check out my garden in this midwinter tour and maybe you can help with my crop rotation dilemma.  I’d appreciate your feedback.

Just one other reminder – gardening can be a little dangerous, make sure your tetanus shot is up to date.  Mine is ….  as of today.

A mere flesh wound.
A mere flesh wound. Sliced open on a rusty trellis. No stitches, but gave me a fright!

Come again soon – I’ll be the one digging with a bandaged thumb!

Sarah the Gardener  : o )

15 thoughts on “Crop Rotation Conundrum

    1. Hi Julie. I know at some point I will have to wrap my head around companion planting, but it is so confusing. Having said that it may sort out some of my impending space woes!
      Cheers Sarah : o )

    1. Thanks Linda. I think the tetanus shot has been more uncomfortable than the injury! But I’m not complaining and will be back in business soon enough!
      Cheers Sarah : o )

  1. Thank you so much for the lovely tour of your garden… I wish I could plant too in the winter, but that’s not possible with the 7-8 feet of snow that covers my beds each winter. So, I’ll enjoy watching your videos and pick up lots of information.

    Right now I’m a little under a month away from harvesting my first tomatoes, and zucchini and I can’t be happier for that this year. Most of my plants were put into containers on my deck ~ In hopes of tricking all the earwigs, and slugs.

    So far it’s worked wonders.. I have thing planted in the lower ground garden beds, and they appear to be growing nicely too.. ~ Keeping my fingers crossed for the distraction lower beds.. I should make wooden signs too.. It’s great for aiding the old memory banks, mine that is… 🙂

    Take care and be careful with that wounded thumb.. Heal quickly, and enjoy your longer daylight hours..

    Happy gardening to ya, from Laura in Northern Ontario, Canada

    1. Hi Laura. You are at that great stage in the garden when it has filled out and the harvest is close, but it still looks orderly and tidy. I love the way a garden looks at this point because soon everything really goes crazy and is more like a jungle!
      All the best with deterring your pests.
      Enjoy your sunny days.
      Cheers Sarah : o )

      1. Sarah, I truly wished that my garden would progress to that stage of wilderness, mess all dawning that sense of being a jungle. But, sadly our temps turn toward cold too soon for that to happen for me here. I hold my breath at the end of August and September is an odd month, full of covering up plants nightly.. We’ve had a bit of snow and hail the beginning of June.

        But, it’s still a joy to try and figure out what will become a bounty with our short growing season. Best to you and I hope your thumb is all better, take care from Laura ~

  2. I know what you mean about crop rotation and companion planting. I do always rotate my crops, so the sake of not building up pathogens in the soil. And I know one or two things about companion planting. But… bringing it all together takes quite a lot of thought!

    1. Hi Helen. I may have to take the plunge and look into companion planting as you can’t really ignore the benefits, but the thought of making it all work together is so daunting! Maybe small steps. By 2025 I’ll have it sorted!
      Cheers Sarah : o )

      1. It does take a long time. Maybe start with stuff that absolutely shouldn’t go together, such as strawberries and garlic. Good luck!

    1. Hi Alys. Thanks so much for your kind thoughts. It’s one of my ‘better’ injuries, but it could have been a whole lot worse. I’ll be back in business in no time.
      Cheers Sarah : o )

  3. It’s always a puzzle at the beginning of the season figuring out the rotations. Especially since we only have a limited number of beds and tomatoes take up several!

    1. Hi Virginia. I suspect there is a right way to do crop rotation and there is how the average gardener does it. I think the main key to it all is to make sure you don’t have things in the same place forever. Enjoy those tomatoes.
      Cheers Sarah : o )

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