Dont think your creativity ends with the first spring planting!
Gardens change with the seasons. Some crops can be planted in early spring,
then harvested by early summer, leaving room for a second or even third
You might, for example,
plant an early crop of peas. When the peas have gone by, pull them out
and plant heat-loving beans. In late summer, you may even squeeze in some
fall broccoli. Thats three harvests from one garden bed.
get the most from your garden, plan to grow a succession of crops.
To plan successive
crops, you need to get to know your cast of characters. First, lets
choose the crops we want to grow.
Now, lets look
at some important characteristics for each crop.
- Cool season
plants: lettuce, peas. These plants perform best
in the cool weather of spring and fall.
beans, cucumbers, squash, tomatoes. They thrive in the heat
- Need full
sun: Beans, cucumbers, squash, and tomatoes require
full sun to produce a good crop.
shade tolerant: Lettuce will tolerate light shade
during part of the day.
of deep shade: None!
- Long season:
Pole beans, cucumbers, squash, and tomatoes produce over a long
season, or require a long growing season.
- Short season:
Lettuce and peas mature and "go by" in a relatively
Keeping these traits
in mind, let's sketch out a plan for our garden.
Some varieties of radish mature in as little as 25 days. Here are
some other fast-maturing crops:
spinach.......... 30 days
turnips........... 35 days
leaf lettuce......45 days
bush beans.....48 days
zucchini......... 50 days
snap peas...... 56 days
is a good candidate for succession planting.