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Rotating Crops

By James Klett, Department of Horticulture, Colorado State University

Regardless of how well you fertilize, it's a good idea to rotate garden crops each year. By growing one crop in the same space every year, you will increase the likelihood of certain insects establishing themselves in the area. If good rotations are practiced, you will often be cultivating the soil at different times each year, disturbing many insects' life cycles. Additionally, by rotating legumes with non-legumes, your fertilization requirements could be reduced because often the legumes will leave some nitrogen in the soil.

Photo: Judy Sedbrook

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