Garden crop rotation is essential for gardening through the years. Even though it is tempting to repeat your garden pattern year after year, it is best to give vegetables of the same family a new spot in the garden or containers each year. This will ensure that any lingering pests and diseases won’t be in the soil and that the new plant will have a strong start in the garden.

These Are the Vegetable Families to Keep in Mind As You Plan Your Garden Crop Rotation:

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Amaranths Family

  • Beet
  • Chard
  • Spinach
  • Quinoa

Cabbage (Brassicas) Family 

  • Broccoli
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • Chinese cabbage
  • Kohlrabi
  • Mustard greens
  • Radish
  • Rutabaga
  • Turnip

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Cucumber (Cucurbits) Family

  • Cucumber
  • Gourd
  • Muskmelon
  • Pumpkin
  • Squash
  • Watermelon
  • Zucchini

Legumes Family 

  • Peas
  • Lentils
  • Soybeans
  • Broad beans

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Nightshades Family

  • Potatoes
  • Eggplant
  • Tomatoes
  • Hot and sweet peppers
  • Okra

Onion (Alliums) Family

  • Chive
  • Garlic
  • Leek
  • Onion
  • Shallot

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Sunflower Family

  • Endive
  • Jerusalem
  • Artichokes
  • Lettuce
  • Sunflowers
  • Salsify

Umbelliferous Family

  • Carrot
  • Celery
  • Parsnip
  • Parsley
  • Fennel
  • Celeriac
  • Coriander
  • Cilantro

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  • Corn
  • Millet
  • Rice
  • Barley
  • Wheat
  • Rye

Do you practice crop rotation? I’d love to see pictures of your gardens this year! Tag me on social media using #ModernPioneering.

Growing up on her family’s farm in upstate New York, Georgia developed a passion for simple farm-to table food and a deep connection to the outdoors. Having worked in the finance world after college, she decided to leave her cubicle and reconnect with her roots. After graduating from the French Culinary Institute, she began working in Michelin restaurants in New York and France, and soon started leading her renowned Adventure Getaways: excursions around the country aimed at promoting “manual literacy” and helping participants step outside of their comfort zone and experience life more viscerally. Georgia is a firm believer in empowering people to be self-sufficient, identify personal strengths and pursue their life passions.