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Succession Planting

Succession planting, also called relay planting, means to plant each vegetable a week or so apart, so they don’t all become ripe at the same time and you are overwhelmed with food. For instance, if you plant all of your cabbage on the same day, they will most likely mature all at the same time, and it is difficult to keep cabbage. So you successively plant one cabbage a week and hope that you like cabbage when they start maturing. Succession planting does not apply to all plants. For instance, tomatoes seem to produce fruit over a rather long period, so you would not succession plant tomatoes. The same holds true for eggplants, peppers and brussels sprouts.

Succession planting also means to plant a different crop when the current crop is harvested. For instance, peas grow well in the Spring and are normally harvested by early Summer. After the peas are harvested, you can plant zucchini or pumpkins in their place. This is succession planting because you succeed one plant with another.


Succession Planting Times

(Click on the seed packs below to find out the approximate
succession
planting times for your favorite vegetable)

Cole Crops

Corn Leafy Greens Legumes

Broccoli
Cabbage
Cauliflower

Corn

Lettuce, Head
Lettuce, Leaf
Spinach

Bean, Bush
Pea

Onions & Tubers Roots & Tubers Vine Crops

Onion, Set

Beet
Carrot
Potato
Radish

Cucumber
Muskmelon
Squash, Summer
Squash, Winter
Watermelon


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