The Secret Of My Successive Planting

credit: Mother Earth NewsWhen 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:

Thank You, Cut And Come Again

If you want to grow-your-own food with little effort I recommend starting with lettuce.  Growing lettuce is a good way to offset your food costs.  Lettuce is easy to grow, making it a great starter crop for adults and kids to learn valuable gardening skills.  Here are some tips on growing lettuce with a goal of a longer harvest period to get the best bang for your buck.

Toy Story 1,2,3 to Infinity

Now that Grey Thursday, Black Friday and Cyber Monday are over with, let’s talk real money savings.  As an aspiring parent, I have to give props to all you out there raising children.  I calculated how much it is to raise a child from birth to 18 and it ranged from $410,000 to $530,000 dependent upon specific factors including location and whether upper education is being paid by the parent.  With food, energy and general living costs on the up-and-up, finding new/old ways to bring down expenses is welcome with open arms.

Shop Small, Help Big

Now I have heard everything.  Apparently some retailers are open on Thanksgiving, calling it Grey Thursday and many are not happy about this unorthodox shopping day.  This year make an effort to avoid the big box stores, crowds and crack-of-dawn shopping excursions so you can take the day off.  I have not shopped on Black Friday for as long as I can remember for the previously mentioned reasons.  What I will wholeheartedly support is Small Business Saturday on November 24th, which is the Saturday after Black Friday after Grey Thursday.