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Staggering, harvesting, replanting...

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Staggering, harvesting, replanting...

Post  buttaflie143 on 4/10/2011, 9:17 pm

Can someone please explain how to stagger planting? Also how do you know your harvest has ended and it is time to replant the SF with a new crop?

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Re: Staggering, harvesting, replanting...

Post  BackyardBirdGardner on 4/10/2011, 9:31 pm

I can help you with the staggering part. As for knowing when your harvest is over and it's time to move on to the next crop, I am not so good. I like to run things out as long as they will go.

Staggering is simply avoiding planting all of your lettuce, for example, at the same time. If you plant at the same time, they "ripen" and are ready for harvest at the same time. You would likely have too much lettuce on hand to eat before things start to spoil. So, you plant a couple squares (whatever you determine you can use), wait a couple of weeks, and plant that same crop in some new squares. You gradually fill your garden instead of jamming it in a weekend. That way, you have lettuce, for this example, to harvest when it's ready. And, in a couple of weeks after exhausting those first squares down, your next squares come ready for their harvest. After you've run through your last square, the first square has replenished itself and is ready again.

Lettuce is a hard one for me to know when it's time to move on and pull them and plant summer crops like beans. Carrots and radishes are easy. Once they are pulled, they are done and you move on to replanting with something different. But, lettuce is like waiting for something to "bolt," or go to seed. My lettuce seems to go on and on and on the past two seasons I've planted it. So, I actually no longer plan to replant those squares, unless they bolt on me. When that happens, I can either plant a summer crop there or just replant a quick stint of radishes and get back to lettuce for the fall.

Hope that helped a little.

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