Garden Crop Rotation is a useful deterrent in the fight against Damaging Insect Pests in your Herb Garden

Home Garden Crop Rotation is practiced to break the life cycle of damaging insects, or to protect against depletion of specific soil nutrients. Most insect pests need time to become established in the soil. The damaging insect may take more than one season to establish their life cycle. Practicing garden plant or field crop rotation by varying the type of plants grown in a particular area of your herb garden from year to year, avoids establishing plant specific types of garden pests.

Be aware of the insects that feed on your favorite herbs and plants.

Each insect type has its own taste in plants, natural feeding patterns and and other habits. Pests like the black cutworm live below the soil surface by day and rise to the surface only at night to damage certain plants in your garden. At the end of the season they overwinter under their favorite crop. Beginning the next season, if their favorite source of food is not available they will seek it elsewhere. So logically, a way to naturally control the cutworm is to simply never plant its favorite meal in the same location two growing seasons in a row.

Many damaging insects have a life cycle and feeding pattern similar to the cutworm. Rotating the planting location of your crops is an economical and effective method of  their control.

Consider root depth and fertility needs of each plant and the effect each has on your garden soil.

When planning kitchen garden crop rotation, simply ask yourself what each herb or vegetable adds or takes away from the soil in your herb garden. Think also of the effect that the proximity of certain strong herbs may have on the flavor of adjacent vegetables or aromatic herbs.

The least expensive and arguably the most effective way in which to benefit your herb garden is to practice home garden crop rotation.