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ISU Extension Office in Marion County Offers Garden Crop Rotation Tips

Posted: Wednesday, April 9th, 2014 at 5:52 am
Author: KNIA KRLS News - Karen Overgaard

Much like farmers rotate crops in their farm fields, crop rotation in a garden is important as well. Karen Ackley, Ag and Horticulture Assistant for the Extension Office in Marion County, tells KNIA KRLS News that to suppress disease, and to get the best crop, when you’re planning your garden, think about rotating your crop every year. She suggests segmenting the plot into quarters, and rotating around each year. She says once disease develops, it’s there forever. She adds that mulching plants is important as well, to suppress weeds, and to prevent disease from splashing up onto the plants from the soil when it rains or when you water your garden.