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Question about Successive Planting

Post  Michelle on 5/14/2010, 5:47 pm

I planted carrot and corn seeds directly into my SFG just after the last frost as per the package. The seed package also says I should successively plant every two weeks therafter. Does that mean planting more seeds in the already existing 'square'? Or take over more squares for them?

I've tried searching the site for an answer, but didn't have any luck. Any help you can provide would be appreciated.

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Re: Question about Successive Planting

Post  boffer on 5/14/2010, 6:26 pm

Hi,

The main purpose of succession planting is to spread out the harvest time so you don't have everything 'ripe' all at once.

You would plant a new square each time you plant. Sometimes sfg boxes look funny because they have some empty squares in them. But those squares are being saved for future planting-either for succession planting or waiting for warm weather for warm weather crops.

I live in western Washington. Do we have similar climates? Here's what I do. I succession plant carrots, but not for a continual harvest. They can be eaten at anytime. I stagger 3-4 plantings a year by 2-3 weeks just in case one planting doesn't grow properly. I grow 10-12 squares a year, and that lasts the two of us through winter.

I haven't put my corn in yet. The soil at my place just isn't warm enough yet for corn. Typically, mid and long season corn is a one planting crop. My season just isn't long enough or consistently hot enough for succession planting. Some folks are trying succession planting with short season corn, but I have no experience to offer with that.

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Thanks for the reply:)

Post  Michelle on 5/14/2010, 6:45 pm

I really appreciate it.

I imagine we would have similiar climates but I think we get a bit more sun and a bit less rain then western Washington.

This is my first year so I might have put things in a bit too early, but I was excited to get going!

I'll follow your advice and keep a few squares empty for more carrots:)

Thanks again!
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Succession planting

Post  ander217 on 5/15/2010, 8:02 am

With a fast-growing veggie like radishes, you can plant half of the square, and then plant the other half a couple of weeks later. By the time the first radishes are eaten, new ones are just getting large enough to harvest.
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Re: Question about Successive Planting

Post  camprn on 2/16/2011, 7:20 pm

HERE is some info on succession planting/ continuing harvest. Very Happy
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Good info

Post  ander217 on 2/17/2011, 7:28 am

Good info, Camp. I like the chart of recommended soil temps for planting.
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Re: Question about Successive Planting

Post  BackyardBirdGardner on 2/17/2011, 9:12 am

ander217 wrote:Good info, Camp. I like the chart of recommended soil temps for planting.

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