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Good Morning Garden Soldiers!  This is part 4 of our gardening series, Succession Planting.  Succession planting is a method of staggering your planting in order to extend your harvest.  It’s through succession planting that we learn what grows during what part of the season.Some plants take all summer to produce their crop where others will only grow in cooler weather.  Careful planning will allow us to grow a succession of plants in the same place throughout the season to maximize the production.  This is especially important to those of us with small spaces.

There are a few different methods of succession planting

1. Staggering the same crop (planting the same crop in different intervals of time) – Using this method, you will plant the same crop 2-3 weeks apart in order to continue your harvest.  I utilize this method in early spring with my radishes and peas.  once a row of radishes has faded, I usually replace with a warm weather crop such as beans.  I also utilize this method with my warm weather crops such as beans.

2. Different vegetables, from cool to warm weather. With this method, we are simply planning our garden to utilize our space efficiently.  We are purposely planting cool weather vegetables in the spring with intent to replace them with warm weather crops as soon as they fade.  For example, peas are a cool weather plant.  Once the warm weather sets in, they will need to be pulled and replaced with a warm weather crop that can tolerate the heat, such as beans, eggplants, or cucumbers.

3. Planting the same vegetable with different maturity rates. Many people use this technique with tomatoes.  Planting different variety of tomatoes with different maturity rates can guarantee you’ll have a harvest of tomatoes throughout the months of July-September.  For Example, early girl tomatoes should be one of the first to produce.

Before we start planning our garden with succession plantings we need to understand and learn which plants are cool weather crops with a short production and which are warm weather crops with an extended production.

Cool Weather (Spring Planting)
Crops that occupy the ground only the first part of the season

*these crops will extend into the summer longer than others.

  • Peas
  • Beets
  • *Early Cabbage
  • Lettuce
  • *Onion Sets
  • Radishes
  • Spinach
  • Turnips
  • Carrots
  • *Broccoli
  • *Cauliflower

Warm Weather

crops that occupy the ground the major portion of the season
  • Bush and Pole Beans
  • Lima Beans
  • Cabbage
  • Celery
  • Sweet Corn
  • Cucumbers
  • Eggplant
  • Muskmelons
  • Okra
  • Peppers
  • Potatoes
  • Pumpkin
  • Squash
  • Tomatoes
  • Watermelon
  • Swiss Chard

Cool Weather (Fall Planting)
Crops to be planted in July or later for fall and winter gardens

  • Bush Beans
  • Beets
  • Broccoli
  • Chinese Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Endive
  • Kale
  • Kohlrabi
  • Radishes
  • Spinach
  • Turnips
  • Collards
  • Lettuce

I’m sure I’ve left some veggies out, but this gives you a good idea of what is growing when.  Now that we understand succession planting it’s time to start our seeds and start planning our vegetable gardens.  I’ll actually be ordering my seeds this week (I’m late, lol!) so next week we’ll go ahead and start our garden plan and I’ll reintroduce the process of starting your seeds at home from one of my posts from last year.  I’ll introduce different methods of gardening as well such as the square foot garden, raised beds, and container gardening.

If you have any questions at all up to this point, please let me know in the comments section below!  Now that I’m back from New York City, I’d like to regroup and think about how others can help with this series.  If you have any suggestions or ideas for a gardening blogging event, please let me know.  I would really like to set up a link within where we can start sharing what we are doing in our gardens from our own blogs.  Also a “Look What I Grew Badge” with a photo of each of us with something we have grown once that time comes!! I am so excited about this series and seeing what each of us is doing to grow our own organic veggies!

So until next week Garden Soldiers!!

Part 1: Ordering Seed Catalogs
Part 2: Understanding the differences between Heirloom, Hybrid, GMO, and Organic Seeds
Part 3: Planting Zones, Frost Dates, and Planting Calendars
Part 4. Understanding Succession Planting
Part 5. Spring Time is Near! It’s Time to Start Those Seedlings!
Part 6. Growing Seeds Indoors Under Supplemental Lighting
Part 7. Tending your seedlings
Part 8. Methods of Urban Gardening

Diana is a mother of three, proud wife, and humbled daughter of God. She finds the most joy meeting with Jesus in her organic gardens. She is completely blessed to be able to call herself a stay at home mom where she home educates her children, joyfully serves her husband, and cooks nourishing, real food, for her family. She loves connecting with people on facebook, google+, pinterest, and instagram.

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