Added by on 2017-03-02 Crop Rotation is something I recommend doing in the garden. It helps with soil borne diseases and I believe helps keep the nutrient levels somewhat in balance. Video Rating: / 5 Related PostsA Year In Our Vegetable Garden – JanuaryGrowing A Vegetable Garden In Ontario, Canada 2014Growing a Vegetable Garden Update Tips & Tricks June 30 2014My January Tower GardenNew Vegetable Garden PlanDutch Bucket Hydroponic Tomatoes – Lessons Learned and a New Crop

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  • Claudette King 1 year ago


  • jplant1414 1 year ago

    What a great voice. If you ever get tired of gardening, you could probably fall back on voice acting or recording audio books.

  • mike rosner 1 year ago

    Great info works good in raised or in ground  I always grow okra plan to make some gumbo soon  thanks from your garden friend mike

  • Donna Zappala 1 year ago

    Donald, I am so thrilled to have found your channel of YouTube videos! I've been watching closely and am very pleased that you take the time to share such a plethora of knowledge about REAL gardening. I'm just starting my first real raised garden this year – all from seed. I've had some successes with containers in the past and am trying something bigger this year. Thank you for the crop rotation information. You are a real blessing!

  • manwithgills 1 year ago

    Hey Donald have you ever thought about incorporating a fifth section in your garden for cover crops? I think I recall one of your recent videos mentioning you mowed over peas and then tilled them under when they came up. I was not sure if this was a usual practice or something you had a wild hair about. If you have not incorporated this you may want to consider it. You may cut down on the fertilizer needed to keep the dirt rich.

  • AnAmericanIdle 1 year ago

    excellent tutorial! I remember as a young girl rotating crops with my dad.

  • Linda Casey 1 year ago

    Thank you again for the great lesson. I live in Holland where the rain just ruined my tomatoes last year so I want to keep them protected under plastic sheeting from now on. This year, I was planning on planting in the same raised bed: tomatoes, bell peppers, okra and eggplants and was told to keep my potatoes separate from the rest of the family ? because they were susceptible to the same disease as that family. But, wouldn't that hold true to all the other nightshade plants too? I have 10 raised 4×4 beds so should have plenty of room to rotate each year. I prefer this method to intermingling everything and then forgetting what goes in what hole the next time. Your lessons are quite helpful. Maybe I'll plant my potatoes in the bed next to the other nightshade families .. it might be easier to harvest them in the end. What's your advice? 

  • Dolly Perry 1 year ago

    Hello. I've just found your videos and I love the way you present your material. I would like some guidance on rotating my crops. I have had six raised beds and am adding a seventh this spring. I usually grow Potatoes, onions, carrots, zucchini (both yellow crook neck and green) two beds of tomatoes (because that is the reason to have a garden in the first place) cucumbers and sweet peppers as well as green beans. Sometimes I throw in cabbage, snow peas and pumpkin. What would you recommend for the rotation since I have the two beds of tomatoes and not enough beds to wait three years.

  • Sidney Mathious 1 year ago

    I didn't know about all that, but did know that you don't plant melons in an area where you have cucumbers and similar vegetables in. My grandfather always grew corn in the same area each year in his gardens and always got a good crop. I have to remember this when getting ready to plant again. I worked for the Arkansas Dept. of Correction and noticed that they plant cotton, soy beans, and rice in different fields each year and I hated the rice because the mosquitoes was a pain when they was grown next to the prison. 

  • Michael Collinson 1 year ago

    Just thought I would say thanks for your videos, I have only n the last couple of years taken a keen interest in vegetable gardening ( a bit late in life as I'm 71 ) but am learning a lot from you. I'm on the other side of the Atlantic in Brittany in northern France as an expat from the UK with a couple of acres of ground and this year the vegetables are really beginning to take off. Thanks again 

  • Brenda Farris 1 year ago

    what can I plant in a raised bed that had  Powdery Mildew and Tomato Blight last year

  • Jimmy Phillips 1 year ago

    Thanks.  A good one for sure. 

  • Aussie Gardening Club 1 year ago

    Awesome. Great lesson.

  • TheTrueabundance 1 year ago

    what a fantastic, straight forward, easy to understand explanation. Thank you so much!
    Like you say : "It couldn't get any easier than that"

  • Zombieyy Laneyy 1 year ago

    Thank you so much for making this so easy to understand for someone like me, who thought I was rotating correctly.  I also thought that if I rested the soil for a season it was enough.  So, now I have been properly schooled and I think I go it.  This was perfectly clear and understandable.  I have learned so much from your posts.  Thank you so much!

  • thundercloud47 1 year ago

    Thank you so much for this video.  Though we've gardened for years and do rotate, haven't used the 'family plan'.  Listening to this, am sure it explains why some years specific plants do not do as well as they should.  Am looking forward to implementing this in our garden!  God Bless.  Mrs. TC

  • DixieGirl9876 1 year ago

    As always, great info from you. I learn this lesson the hard way, years ago. I kept planting my potatoes in the same spot, because that spot would dry quicker, and wanting to plant the potatoes as early as I could, repeated that for a few years, what did I get…a HUGE infestation of Colorado potato beetle! Took years to straighten out. You are SO right!

  • 231MasseyFerguson 1 year ago

    Very helpful Mr. Donald. Thank You. I didn't know anything about crop rotation, nor was I aware that you are supposed to do it.
    So do u think the main reason is that it helps with crop disease prevention, or for a better crop yield? Or could it possibly be both? Thanks

  • Aonexia 1 year ago

    Gosh! Why could'nt Donald be my Farther…. What a Great human he is. Thank you again Donald!

  • Willow Acres 1 year ago

    Thanks for the info, I have been looking for something regarding the plant families.  I had a problem with my tomatoes late in the season last year and lost most of them to blight, so I really want to make sure I don't get it again by planting in another area with the nightshade family.