|Thursday Tips & Techniques: Succession Planting|
|Written by Heleigh Bostwick Wednesday, 22 June 2011|
Succession planting or sowing is a method of planting that vegetable gardeners can use to ensure a continuous harvest of vegetables in the garden all summer long.
If you’re like me you probably plant your vegetable garden in late spring after the last frost and consider yourself done—except for watering and weeding—until you harvest your bounty of veggies later in the summer. Now, I live in a northern climate with a very short growing season and many crops such as tomatoes, corn, squash, and pumpkins require a 100 day growing season, which barring bad weather we just about squeak by with, but even so by using a technique called succession sowing even us northerners can extend the growing season a bit longer.
Why? Because there are plenty of other crops that will still thrive in slightly cooler temperatures and have a slightly shorter growing season such as lettuce and other salad greens, kale, spinach, chard, radishes, summer squash, and bush beans—all of which can be planted in from early to late July.
Succession sowing not only ensures a bountiful harvest for a longer period of time, it’s great for those with limited garden space because you can use the same garden space to grow different vegetables throughout the summer and early fall.