January: Crop Rotation

Crop rotation is a good gardening practice to care for your soil and to reduce the risk of pests and diseases affecting your vegetable crops.  It means that you do not grow the same vegetable in the same place in your garden each year.  It also means that you do not grow a member of the same family in that spot.  For example, do not grow potatoes this summer where you grew tomatoes or other relative last summer.  A crop rotation of 3-4 years is recommended.