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Four Year Crop Rotation Chart

EDIT THIS INSERT         My Lubbock 2013 Victory Garden    ---    Please e-Mail any ideas/comments
  Click on Bed # for List of Crops, etc
  Bed 1
Bed 2
Bed 3
Bed 4
Bed 5
Bed 6
Bed 7
Bed 8
Bed 9
Bed 10
Bed 11
Bed 12
Bed 13
Bed 14
Bed 15
Bed 16
Bed 17
Bed 18
Bed 19
Bed 20
Grapes
 

Lubbock Victory Garden Layout         Planting Calendar        Crop Rotation Chart                 Jan's Victory Garden Journal-2013
Spring Planting Calendar             Fall Garden Planting Calendar       Month by Month Planting Schedule in Each Bed

2013 2014 2015 2016
1 1 1 1
2 6 7 10
3 3 3 3
4 4 4 4
5 5 5 5
6 8 9 16
7 17 8 19
8 2 18 15
9 19 14 17
10 18 19 2
11 11 11 11
12 12 12 12
13 13 13 13
14 14 14 14
15 10 16 9
16 11 6 19
17 7 8 14
18 15 2 6
19 9 15 8
 
After 2016 - Repeat 2013

Crop Rotation
It is recommended, by those in the know, that crops should be rotated according to families & veggies from the same family do not follow each other in the rotation.  Following the advise leads to healthier plants.  I didn't consider this rule in the chart above - so make your adjustment accordingly.
For example a garden with four vegetable families could follow this rotation:
  1. 1) sweet corn (grass family), followed by
  2. 2) blackeye peas and snap beans (pea family), followed by
  3. 3) cabbage, broccoli and radishes (mustard family), followed by 
  4. 4) tomato, pepper and potato (nightshade family)
This list of Veggie Families is not complete, nor can I attest to its accuracy.  This list below only includes veggies I grow.
  • Carrot Family (Umbelliferae):  carrot, celery, parsley
  • Goosefoot Family (Chenopodiaceae):  beet, spinach
  • Gourd Family (Cucurbitaceae):  cucumber, muskmelon, watermelon
  • Grass Family (Poaceae):  ornamental corn, popcorn, sweet corn
  • Mallow Family (Malvaceae):  cotton, okra
  • Morning Glory Family (Convolvulaceae):  sweet potato
  • Mustard Family (Cruciferae [Brassicaceae]):  broccoli, Burssels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, kohlrabi, radish, turnip
  • Nightshade Family (Solanaceae):  eggplant, pepper, potato, tomato
  • Onion Family (Liliaceae):  asparagus, chives, garlic, onion
  • Pea Family (Leguminosae):  bush bean, kidney bean, lima bean, pea, pole bean, soybean
  • Sunflower Family (Compositae):  endive, globe artichoke, lettuce, Sunflower

 

Planting Schedule

When I created my planting calendar, I scheduled seed sowing according to recommendation for Zone 7.  Vegetables that were considered "hardy" were planted first and those considered "tender" were planted last.  

The resources below were very helpful:

Cool season crops

Hardy:

  • asparagus, broccoli, brussels sprouts,

  • cabbage, collard, garlic, kale, kohlrabi, leek,

  • mustard, onion, pea, radish, rhubarb,

  • rutabaga, spinach, turnip

Half-hardy:

  • beet, carrot, cauliflower, celery, chard,

  • chinese cabbage, globe artichoke, Jerusalem

  • artichoke, lettuce, parsnip, potato

 

Warm Season Crops

Tender:

  • black-eye pea, snap bean, soybean,

  • sweet corn, tomato

Very Tender:

  • Cucumber, cantaloupe, eggplant, honeydew,

  • lima bean, okra, pepper, pumpkin, squash,

  • sweet potato, watermelon

 

Be Careful in Developing Neighborhoods (companion gardening)
I scatter Nasturtiums and Marigolds in most Veggie Beds.  These two flowers are organic bug control.  Bad bugs avoid them.  Pollinators are draw to them and as long as they are in the neighborhood, they pollinate the veggies.
 

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