Follow one crop with another! Succession planting in the Eco Garden System is easy when you consider several different factors that will help you achieve a high yield on just about any vegetable you plant. Succession planting is the ability to harvest and replant for continuous growth.
Plan and Research
Start by putting a plan together of what vegetables you want to plant for the garden season. Map out your garden using rows or square gardening methods or use the grids we provide on our website. Researching each vegetable you want to plant is important in order to determine the plants’ individual growth habits and climate preferences. There are vegetables that prefer cooler temps to those that thrive in hot weather. For example, peas and broccoli love cooler temperatures. Once summer sets in these plants can be pulled and heat tolerant varieties or heat loving vegetables can be planted in their place.
Pick and sow
Succession planting of lettuce and radishes can be done throughout the garden season especially in an Eco Garden. The Eco Garden System maintains soil moisture and soil temperature allowing these crops to thrive all season. These vegetables have the shortest growing days and can be harvested and seeds planted right after. Because of the consistent moist soil, germination of the seeds during hot weather is easy to achieve. Most of your salad greens and carrot varieties work well with the pick and sow succession planting.
When most of your spring plantings are done – such as peas, broccoli, spinach and beets – you can plant more varieties to harvest in the fall. If wanting a harvest of peas in the fall consider bush peas instead of the vine peas because they mature more quickly. Reading your seed packet will give you the approximate day to maturity, as well as days to harvest or bloom. Knowing your climate zone will help you prep for frost dates. Each region is different so knowing those dates will aid you with planting in mid-summer.
Adding compost or nutrients to your soil is highly recommended when doing succession planting. With each planting the soil can take a beating especially if heavy feeders such as broccoli and beets are planted. Plants in the pea family can help build the fertility of the soil so consider another crop of peas for the fall. Keep in mind that planting vegetables of the same family such as tomatoes and peppers in the same spot can transfer diseases if any of these plants are taken out of the garden for this reason; due to the fact that these plants are susceptible to certain diseases replanting in another location is best.
The following are some valuable reasons the Eco Garden System is a great garden to do succession planting in.
- Elevated gardening is easy to maintain. Pulling and replanted is at your fingertips.
- Moisture and temperature consistent soil allows for germination of the seeds and for optimal growth thru the different temperature changes in the garden season.
- Old soil is easy to remove or replenish for continuous growth thru the changing season.
With this in mind, isn’t it time to replant a garden!
“One of the most delightful things about a garden is the anticipation it provides.” W.E. Johns