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Succession Planting

June 3rd, 2016

This year I’m working on improving my succession planting success. I.E., I’m actually doing it. I’ve always struggled with remembering to seed plants every few weeks, mostly I forget as I’m out working in the garden. This year I’m already on my fourth flat of lettuce, my third batch of bulbing fennel, my second planting of cilantro, and there are more.
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Yesterday I spent time seeding more flats of flowers and vegetables, most of them were a succession planting, some were heat loving varieties that are being seeded for the first time.
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As I was looking through my seeds, I realized that I should organize the things that need seeded multiple times into their own box. Possibly even organized into folders depending on how often they need seeded. As I work I’ve been mulling over a workflow that will help make succession planting easier for me to do.

Do you succession plant? Do you have any tips/tricks for organization?

6 Comments to “Succession Planting”
  1. Nebraska Dave on June 3, 2016 at 8:14 am

    Susy, the only thing that I’m succession planting this year is sweet corn. Next week the third planting will go in the ground. The first planting is about a foot high and the second is about four inches high. These raised beds are all virgin so bind weed and grass abound. I’ve already cultivated the beds but almost weekly the weeds come back. Eventually, the corn will shade out the weeds but until then it’s a battle of weed invasion.

    Have a great succession planting day in the garden.

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    • Susy on June 3, 2016 at 8:15 am

      I’m trying to plant sweet corn at intervals too, we will see how that works out.

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      • Nebraska Dave on June 3, 2016 at 8:46 am

        Susy, just watch out for those pesky Raccoons. :-)

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    • Lorna on June 5, 2016 at 10:27 am

      Are you planting the younger corn around the older plantings? I’ve heard you can fool the raccoons this way, but I’ve never tried it myself. I would love to hear if it works!

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  2. Wendy on June 3, 2016 at 8:25 pm

    Ugh–good for you! I’m trying to start small with this this year; trying to keep of steady supply of lettuce growing, but something just ate my youngest plants. :(

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  3. MC on June 4, 2016 at 11:12 am

    Yes, taking baby steps this year with greens, melons, cucmbers, and beans

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