When you have a limited amount of space to farm, you want to make the most out of your designated planting area, containers included. One way to maximize your alloted space is to integrate some successive planting methods.
Successive planting, also known as succession planting, is a proven way to extend your growing season and yield by spreading out the planting of multiple crops or planting varieties with different maturity times. Here are some of the most effective successive planting methods:
Same crop, staggered planting: Space out plantings of the same vegetable every 2-4 weeks. A new crop will continually grow as seeded. I have been practicing this method with cilantro, lettuce, radishes, beets and carrots. I now have more than enough to share with friends, family and my community.
Different crops in succession: Some crops like peas, have short growing seasons and when they havbe completed their cycle of life, the new available space can be replanted with a later season crop, like eggplant.
Different crops in the same spot: Also known as intercropping, or pairing up plants with different maturity dates, is an excellent way to squeeze even more productivity from your vegetable garden. For example, broccoli leaves will eventually spread out, but until then the lettuce should have plenty of space in and around to grow and mature.
Same crop, different varieties and maturity dates: Keep your harvest coming with early, mid and late season varieties of the same crop. Tomatoes, corn, summer squash and many other vegetables can be staggered throughout the growing season with this method. Check the days to maturity on the seed packet to help figure out which varieties to plant at what time.
Best crops for successive planting:
- Beans of the bush variety
- Broccoli Raab
- Green Onion
I will be trying more of these successive planting methods to maximize the space in the garden. Remember these methods can also be implemented in containers.
Enjoy your wheelbarrows full of crops. – GreenUp! Guy