Succession planting is a great technique for any vegetable garden large or small. It helps provide a diversity of vegetables in just the right amount over an extended period of time.
As soon as one crop is harvested, immediately replant with a different crop that's suited for that growing season.
Another method is to make several plantings of the same vegetable. Lettuce, for example, can be planted every two weeks from October through February.
A third type of succession planting involves a single planting of several varieties with different maturity dates. This method works well for carrots and tomatoes.
By successively planting, you'll have just enough produce for your family's appetite, and you'll have it all year.
Also on Gardening in a Minute
- Extend Vegetable Growing with Succession Planting--eXtension.org
- Intensive Gardening Methods--Virginia Cooperative Extension
- Intensive Vegetable Gardening--North Carolina Cooperative Extension
- Scheduling Vegetable Plantings for Continuous Harvest--National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service
- Succession in the Garden--National Gardening Association
- Succession Planting: Four Ways to Grow More Vegetables in Less Space--About.com
- Vegetable Planting: Succession Diagrams for a Successful Season--Learn2Grow
- Vegetable Rotations, Successions and Intercropping--Texas AgriLife Extension
- UF/IFAS Extension: Lawn & Garden
- Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Program
- Florida Master Gardener Program
- "The Neighborhood Gardener" e-newsletter
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