A key action that successful vegetable gardeners practice is to rotate their crop families with each new planting season. It is important to know not only what was planted where; but also what other vegetable plants are in that crop family. In other words, don’t move your tomatoes and then plant peppers in the same spot. Both of these crops are members of the Nightshade Family.
Kim Martin, Co-Owner of Barking Cat Farm and a Certified Master Gardener, developed this handy chart. We have also made a PDF available for you to print off using the free Adobe Reader.
Onion Family – Alliaceae – onion, garlic, leek, shallot, chive
Carrot Family – Apiaceae – carrot, parsnip, parsley, celery
Sunflower Family – Asteraceae – lettuce, chicory, endive, salsify, Jerusalem artichoke
Mustard Family – Brassicaceae – cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, kolrabi, turnip, radish, Chinese cabbage, kale, collards, rutabaga
Goosefoot Family – Chenopodiaceae – beet, Swiss chard, spinach
Bindweed Family – Convolvulaceae – sweet potato
Gourd Family – Cucurbitaceae – cucumber, muskmelon, watermelon, squash, pumpkin, gourd
Pea Family – Fabaceae – pea, snap bean, lima bean, soybean
Mallow Family – Malvaceae – okra
Grass Family – Poaceae – sweet corn, popcorn, ornamental corn
Nightshade Family – Solanaceae – tomato, pepper, eggplant, potato, husk tomato