Crop Rotation Systems for Annual Vegetables


Vegetable gardeners can run into major issues with productivity and diseases in their vegetable garden if they’re not practising crop rotation.

Read more about using crop rotation systems to increase garden productivity, reduce pests and diseases and increase soil fertility.

There are also some really innovative ideas for small-space garden crop rotation in this article that I’ve written on Crop Rotation Systems


  1. Hi Angelo – I’ve always been curious how you specifically (using no-dig gardens plus such a high percentage of perennial plants) manage the rotation of your annual plants. Do you have a post that talks about this topic as it relates to your specific case/approach? Thanks.

    – Aaron

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    1. With a food forest system the annual plants are interspersed throughout in spaces where appropriate conditions exist for them to grow, just like in a real forest ecosystem. Since there are no mass plantings of any vegetable anywhere, and they are placed in various locations from year to year, it eliminates the need for crop rotation altogether.


  2. Thank you for this article Angelo. I tell so many people about your garden, and even just the idea of it inspires them to take action in their own gardens. Rasili (South Australia)


  3. Another great article – Thank you Angelo. Even seasoned gardeners like us need reminders to plan ahead, and take note of the nutrient needs of our common vegetables. I always pick up useful tips from your shared experiences. Thanks for posting!


  4. Great article! I have a question though concerning the crop rotation and companion planting subjects. I have a perennial sunflower that is very hardy and would like to companion plant them with squashes/pumpkins and beans that can climb up the sunflower stalks (Three Sisters guild). Since both heavy feeders (squash/pumpkin) and heavy givers (beans) are in the patch, would you still recommend crop rotation?
    And if so, the list of good companion plants for sunflowers in your other article covers only cucumber family. Any ideas which annual or perennial plants also work well?


    1. The traditional Three Sisters guild used by the Native American Indians I believe was comprised of climbing beans, squash and corn (maize), all being annuals, with the corn planted in a block or grid on the top of the mound because corn is wind pollinated and needs to be grown that way to ensure proper pollination. You can make a guild using beans, squash and sunflowers, though I’ve already made the following comments in the Companion Planting Table page in regards to sunflowers:

      You have to keep in mind other factors such as shading and competition for nutrients – Sunflowers are very tall, fast growing, hungry plants which will outcompete many other plants. This is confirmed in the Jackie French in her book “Companion Planting in Australia and New Zealand” where she states “Sunflowers reduce the yield of many crops grown with them”.

      Good companions for sunflowers are Squash, Cucumber and Peas. Beans work with educed yields as will most plants that aren’t bad companions. Reducing the yield of produce plants in not a wise gardening choice.

      If you grow the same plants in the same area without crop rotation, they will use up the nutrients faster than the ‘givers’ can replace them, as there is no rest period, and they will attract pests and diseases, especially in the soil.


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