’Growing a backyard garden can be a challenge when dealing with limited space. The solution is easy! There is a method known as succession planting and it is the most effective and efficient way to resolve this problem. With a little planning you can have enough time to plant two or more crops in the same location in one growing season. So, what is succession planting?
What is succession planting?
Gardeners have to deal with two different types of plants. There are plants that need a full growing season to produce a crop and there are plants that only need a portion of a growing season to produce a crop. In succession planting with a little planning you can take advantage of the locations of crops that don’t need a full season by planting another crop in there location when there growing season has finished.
The Four ways to Succession Plant
There are four basic ways to accomplish succession planting and have a healthy and productive crop.
First, you can choose crops that have varieties that will mature at different times of the growing season. By mixing and matching different varieties with different days to maturity you can have an extended harvest of your favorite vegetables.
Second you can start plants that can tolerate frost a couple weeks early, then another crop mid-season and a third crop in the fall.
The third method is known as inter-cropping. This is where you plant two or more noncompeting crops together simultaneously, preferably with different maturity dates.
The fourth way is to plant the same crop in timed intervals rather than all at once. This allows them to be grown throughout the entire season in a smaller area.
Succession planting is an economical and efficient way to garden. With some planning you can produce a healthy and productive crop that can supply you with enough vegetables for the entire growing season.