Asked by Cesaera on Monday, April 25
I am pretty new to serious gardening. Last year I had great luck with some plants and want to know what to plant there this year that will do well in the same conditions and will not attract bugs that will decimate the crop - and if possible that will not need the same nutrients that the prior crop took.

I planted Tomatoes, broccoli, bush beans, eggplant, peppers, chard, arugula, potatoes,kale, leeks and garlic all with good results.

obviously I have already got garlic sprouting 4 inches out of the ground, but in the other cases where do I plant things this year?

I am hoping to plant: Tomatoes, broccoli, pole and bush beans, eggplant, peppers, chard, arugula, potatoes, zucchini, patty pan squash, winter squash(spahetti, acorn, butternut, delicata), onions, carrots, beets, peas, cukes, kale, bock choy, tatsoy, leeks, basil,lettuce, cucumbers, and spinach

some of these I tried last year with NO LUCK

I know my question really needs a lot of input but I am hoping an old pro can take some pity on me

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Ialso new to veggie gardening, I bought a book called Companion Planting. It is quite a basic book, but I've learnt a lot from it and use it as a reference manual. It is written by Brenda Little and the ISBN no. 1-84773-334-4.

Example: tomatoes grow well near asparagus, celery, parsley, basil, carrots and chives. They do not enjoy the company of rosemary, potatoes, kohlrabi and fennel. I found it a valuable little book for £7.99.
Answered by Glenda on Monday, April 25
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i am just starting serious gardening too and have been looking into companion planting and crop rotation... these are the two resources that I have been using. It's not much but it's a start. I would love to know that you have found out (:

Crop Rotation

Change the location of various crops in the garden, each year if space permits. Many disease-causing organisms do not survive long in the soil if a different crop is planted. Some exceptions are the tomato wilts, asparagus root rot and cabbage yellows. Once the soil is infested with the organisms that cause these diseases, it remains infested for a long time; the only way to manage these sites is to use resistant varieties.

When rotating crops in the garden, rotate between different families of vegetables, as members of the same family may be susceptible to many of the same diseases. For example, tomatoes, potatoes, eggplant, and peppers are all members of the potato family and have many of the same diseases. Cucumbers, melons, and squash are all members of the cucurbit family. Cole crops or crucifers include cabbage, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, kohlrabi, turnip, radish, and mustard.

7. Learn about your plants and create plant communities
Order seeds early. Studying seed catalogs during winter is a good way to get acquainted with the possibilities. Use our various growing guides to learn more about the needs of various plants.

Try and group plants around a theme – for example group perennial crops (plants that come back every year such as rhubarb and asparagus) together along one side of the garden. Put herbs together so harvesting is easy. Create polycultures that perform multiple functions.

8. Rotate crops
Don’t grow the same crop (or members of the same crop family) in the same place year after year. This can lead to a build up of pests and diseases. Plant winter cover crops such as rye in fall to protect and build soil overwinter. If you harvest an early crop and don’t plant another one in its place, keep the soil covered with a cover crop, such as buckwheat.
Answered by Alix on Monday, April 25

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