Succession Planting

Succession Planting


Succession Planting

Some vegetables take up their space in the garden all summer, while others need only a short time to ripen. Careful planning can allow you to plant a succession of crops in the same space. If your garden space is small, you will want to take advantage of this technique.

First, plant crops that mature early. As soon as these have been harvested, pull them up and have a second crop ready to go in the ground. It helps to start as many plants as you can in peat pots to give them a head start. After your second crop is harvested, you can often have another planting of cool weather crops. Choose early-maturing varieties so they can be harvested before winter sets in.

Refer to the chart below to help plan your succession of crops:

Perennial Crops Crops that occupy the ground only the first part of the season Crops that occupy the ground the major portion of the season Crops to be planted in July or later for fall and winter gardens
Asparagus
Rhubarb
Chives
Horseradish
Winter Onions
Early Beets
Early Cabbage
Lettuce
Onion Sets
Peas
Radishes
Early Spinach
Mustard
Turnips
Bush and Pole Beans
Lima Beans
Cabbage
Celery
Sweet Corn
Cucumbers
Eggplant
Muskmelons
Okra
Peppers
Potatoes
Pumpkin
Squash
Tomatoes
Watermelon
Swiss Chard
Bush Beans
Beets
Broccoli
Chinese Cabbage
Carrots
Cauliflower
Endive
Kale
Kohlrabi
Radishes
Spinach
Turnips
Collards
Lettuce

 

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