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Succession Planting – How To Get The Most From Your Garden Space

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What Is Succession Planting?

Not all crops last all season long such as heirloom indeterminate tomatoes, peppers, etc.

  • Getting more from your space
  • Manageable harvest – not all at once
  • Extends your harvest periods – more over the entire summer
  • Spring / Fall harvesting
  • less waste

Succession Planting By Crop

Salad Crops – Lettuce  / Kale / Spinach / Radish

Leafy vegetable crops are among the easiest and most productive of crops for succession planting.

Lettuce, kale, and spinach begin to taste bitter after two or three cuttings. As plants re-grow, the foliage begins to become woody, and increasingly less desirable for consumption.

But by planting a new row or two of seed every few weeks, you can keep a fresh crop coming on as the first starts to wane.

Summer planting – plant with the shade of larger crops to avoid bolting

When replanting – recharge the soil – compost / castings /

Spring Onions

Many varieties can be ready for harvest in as little as 21 to 28 days. Instead of sowing the entire lot at once, sow a smaller portion of seed every 7 days. It will keep fresh produce at hand for months instead of weeks.


When it comes to green beans, we plant an early crop, and then 45 days later, we plant a second crop.

After the first crop is done by mid-summer, the second crop is ready the time late summer or early fall hits.

You can have several picking of a single green bean crop spread out over several weeks to a month.

With that in mind, usually two plantings per year will do the trick. If you will be freezing or canning, use the first picking of each planting to preserve. They are by far the most tender, and will preserve wonderfully.

Peas / Sugar Snap Peas

Much like green beans, peas can be planted in the early spring, and then again in mid to late summer.

Peas and sugar snap peas actually grow better in the cooler temps of early spring and early fall. So planting an early and late season crop is the perfect way to go!

Sweet Corn

Nothing can match the taste of fresh sweet corn, so succession planting is the answer to keep pickings at their sweetest! Plant a new crop of sweet corn every 14 to 21 days after the first planting.

Figure out what your family eats over a two to three-week harvest period, and sow seed accordingly. Remember with sweet corn, it is best to plant in blocks of rows to help with pollination.

Determinate Tomatoes

Determinates come on all at once (Roma etc.)

Plant seeds when soil warms for a late season crop

Cucumbers / Zuchhini

Same method / plant seeds in early summer for a late summer / early fall crop

pests take their toll – new crops come on