This challenge has lit a fire under my behind and I am planting like crazy! I have planted some vegetables all at once, especially if I want to pick and harvest altogether and just get it done. Some veggies will be planted again this week as I like to harvest them at separate times. In other words, succession planting.
For example, I planted a few rows of spinach, beets and kale about three weeks ago. They are all coming up nicely, but I don't want to stop there. I left room to plant more this week to get a staggered harvest. I don't even plan to stop there either! I would like to plant spinach and kale right on up until September.
But, for some of us we might run out of room which is what usually happens. Seeing as how spinach and kale are nitrogen lovers, I plan on planting more of these two vegetables and some other nitrogen loving plants like broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage where my beans and peas were. After the beans and peas have been harvested and tilled under, the cool loving vegetables get planted again. The beans will supply the cool weather crops with nitrogen and it will not take up any more room in the garden!
This is the best way to make the most out of your garden and in turn, your harvest. Other ways I plan on utilizing time, space and plant nutrients are once the early crops mentioned above are all harvested, I will plant another go around of beans and peas. So, basically, I will eventually switch the cool loving crops with the beans and peas and vice versa.
So, how do I know when it is too soon or too late to succession plant? I have a handy dandy interactive tool at Johnny's Seeds that allows you to put your first frost date in the fall on the chart, and it will calculate when and how often you can plant. Easy peasy! Click on the link below, then click on the Succession Planting Calculator.
Day 13 Challenge - Do Succession Planting with Cool Season Crops, Beans and Peas
Obviously, if you aren't growing, say peas, then you will only be able to switch out the cool season crops with the beans.
I think you will be amazed in the increased amount of harvest! If you would like to take it a step farther, I encourage you to check out How to Grow More Vegetables, Eighth Edition: (and Fruits, Nuts, Berries, Grains, and Other Crops) Than You Ever Thought Possible on Less Land Than You ... (And Fruits, Nuts, Berries, Grains,) This book really shows you how to make the most of your garden and increase your yields.
So you thought you were done with the planning part. Hey, at least this doesn't include any math like our first couple of challenges, right?
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