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I wouldn't recommend you do this switch at all, frankly. If you choose plants that like filtered sunlight, they're not going to respond well to suddenly being pushed into direct, strong sunlight - equally, the sun lovers will not appreciate being placed in a much shadier area. Choose sun lovers for sun and dappled shade lovers for the rest - as for bee ...


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I move some plants outside in the spring and put them in shade for a few weeks so they won't burn. Then it's full sun for the rest of late spring and summer. I move them inside in early fall. Most tropical plants grow quickly outside in full sun in the northern hemisphere as long as they have constant access to water. I have never found any bugs on the ...


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In my experience, planting onions etc around the perimeters isn't very effective. On the other hand, rotation is not only effective, but necessary for a good Integrated Pest Management (IPM) system. It is one of the most effective cultural means of pest/disease prevention, and it also helps the soil maintain a balance, as different plants use vastly ...


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From my experience garlic doesn't need to be rotated unless there is a particular problem noticed the previous year. I've even heard of farmers growing alliums in the same field for 30 years straight without issue and some even report better yields in established fields. If you want to rotate a classic three year garlic crop rotation is tomato family, ...


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Companion planting is a huge myth. Planting a 'trap crop' is different. That means planting a section in your garden of mustards and young brassicas to attract insects such as flea beetles. That really works. Onions do just fine with your broccoli/cauliflower. The best thing you should do is row cloth. This protects your young brassicas from the ...


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Unless you can find some advice tailored to your particular situation, go back to first principles. Perennial crops (rhubarb, soft fruits, etc) are excluded from the rotation for the obvious reason, though if you replace old perennials with new plants, consider putting them in a different location. There are five main vegetable groups in the rotation ...


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You can certainly grow several crops in succession in one year, exactly the same as gardening out of doors (assuming your climate is suitable, of course). But many diseases that are specific to particular plants have evolved to survive in the soil until the next annual growing season for those plants, so you need to break that cycle by not growing the same ...


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The thing with tomatoes is not so much rotation for nutrients, but rotation to avoid disease. A complete cycle of the seasons is better for defending against disease than just one season. If you plant the same thing in the same bed for the same season it grows best in, chances are diseases and pests "know" that. So you skip an entire year, to make the ...


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The reason people like to do crop rotation is to avoid pests staying in the soil, and to replete nutrients lost from the soil. But some people like Elaine Ingham say that the soil will not be depleted of nutrients in anyone's lifetime if you keep the soil biology intact. Ruth Stout found the same thing. She mulched year after year and kept planting the ...


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