Succession sowing = three season growing🌱 It took me several years of gardening before I started getting the whole succession sowing thing down. Today, it’s what I rejoice in come September and October and my garden is still putting out basketfuls of harvests.
Succession sowing can take a few different approaches:
1️⃣Sow initial seedings of quick-growing veggies like lettuce, radishes & carrots in smaller sowings spaced every 2-3 weeks throughout the course of the summer (taking a break during the hottest periods of the growing season). Planting like this, you’re guaranteed fresh nibbles of these veg all season long.
2️⃣Follow one quick-growing crop with another. I follow my spring lettuce with summer squash, which I then follow with fall peas or a short-season bean. This allows me to grow 3 different crops in the same space throughout the season.
3️⃣Interplanting the same veggie, like broccoli or kale, with varieties that mature at different points in the season.
There are also a bevy of crops that you can get sowing mid-summer for bountiful harvests come autumn. Plot out the ideal sowing times by working backwards from your first frost date.
Note: these dates count back from your first fall frost NOT the spring last frost.
12-14 weeks before first frost: DIRECT SOW-summer squash, cucumbers, lettuce, radishes and beans. START INDOORS-brassica seeds (cabbage, Brussels sprouts, broccoli and kale)
10-12 weeks before first frost: DIRECT SOW-beets, carrots, lettuce, peas, radishes. TRANSPLANT out brassica seedlings
8-10 weeks before first frost: DIRECT SOW-oriental greens, lettuce, radishes, spinach
6-8 weeks before first frost: DIRECT SOW-lettuce, radishes and spinach
Let's sow sow sow those seeds🙌 Happy Friday tidings🤗💚
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