Succession Planting & Harvesting Your Backyard Garden
Getting the most out of your backyard garden may mean trying a planting method called succession (or staggered) planting. Most amateur gardeners would believe this means after one crop is harvested, another would be planted in the same space immediately – this could be true, but not entirely. Planning your garden space out should maximize your growing area, improving yield, vegetable quality and providing yourself with a continuous supply of fresh backyard produce over a longer time period.
The idea is simple, stagger the garden plant growth stages to extend produce development and longevity. The easiest method is to make multiple plantings of the same crop at a specific time interval. An example is planting a few tomato plants and a week or so later planting several more. This method is especially great for quick maturing vegetables such as: radishes, lettuce, spinach, carrots etc. Commonplace is succeeding a planting with the same crop plant after approximately 12-14 days. Plants will mature and/or bloom depending upon the weather and their plant growth stage or maturity.
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