19. Rotations

Good crop rotation is fundamental to plant and soil health. In our approach, however, we deviate from the rigorous management that generally prevails in organic market gardening. It seems to us that the substantially higher number of crops that we grow each year (3 to 9 crops [per location] compared to an average of about 1 to 2 in conventional organic market gardening) makes it possible to rotate on a shorter cycle. One year instead of five, for example. We are not certain on this point which, like many others, has not yet been validated by scientific studies. But the good general health of our gardens encourages us to continue on this path. The same plants therefore come back quite frequently to our beds.

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