The term “succession gardening” refers to a group of techniques that can increase your harvest from a single piece of land by a factor of two or three.
Careful planning according to crop variety, maturity dates, space, and timing makes succession planting ideal for people with a shorter growing season or restricted garden space.
The following are five methods to help you get the most out of your harvest:
1. Harvest and Plant
The harvest and sow method is one of the simplest succession planting techniques available. This method entails planting new crops once previous crops have done producing, and repeating this process as many times as possible. After you have harvested your plants, your garden beds should not be allowed to go into a dormant state for an extended period of time.
By alternating plantings of cool- and warm-season crops, this strategy yields excellent results.
For instance, sow lettuce and other cool-weather vegetables in the spring so that you can pick them in the summer. The row could use some new compost, and you could sow it with a plant that thrives in heat, like green beans or cucumbers. After these have stopped producing food, pluck off the plants and replant them with broccoli or kale to have a second harvest in the fall.
A useful tip is to start your summer crops indoors while you are still waiting for your spring crops to mature so that you may get a jump start on them. Harden off the seedlings a week before the crops you grow during the cool seasons are ready to be harvested. Planting your summer crop as soon as harvest season rolls around is quite acceptable. Repeat the process with your autumn plants as well.