Growing the same crops in the same positions year on year can encourage pests to attack your plants and diseases to build up in the soil. Avoid serious problems and encourage healthy soil and plant growth by rotating groups of vegetables with similar requirements.

If you are new to growing food and have created beds from scratch, get into the habit of rotating your crops to maintain the health of your soil and deter pests. The key to crop rotation is to divide up your growing area and plant together vegetables that enjoy similar conditions and suffer from similar pests, such as brassicas. The following year, grow brassicas in an area where another group—for example, legumes (beans and ...

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