How do I create a succession garden?

Succession gardening is an efficient way to make the most of your garden spot and get the highest crop yields possible.

There are three methods of succession gardening. You can choose the one that works best for you or experiment with a couple of them.

Succession planting

Plant early-maturing crops, such as peas, early in the season. Immediately after harvest, replace those spent plants with a warmer-weather crop, such as corn. After the second crop is harvested, clear the way for a planting of cool-weather crops to take you into fall.

Relaying

Make multiple, staggered plantings of one crop to provide a continuous harvest. For example, plant one variety of cucumbers several times at about two-week intervals.

Planting three gardens

Plant a spring garden, followed by a summer and then a fall garden. Plant cool-season plants, such as broccoli and lettuce, in spring and fall gardens and warm-season crops, such as tomatoes and peppers, in summer.

You'll have better success with succession gardening if you start your seeds indoors to give them a head start in the garden when they take the place of a harvested crop. By planting transplants, rather than seeds, you'll gain several weeks in the growing process, allowing for more crop production.

Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

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