The Q&A Archives: Successive Crops

Question: What's the best way to plant so I can harvest throughout the season instead of all at once.

Answer: There are a couple of ways to accomplish your goal: you can stagger your seed sowing and you can grow crops with differing days to maturity. For instance, if you're growing beans, plant just part of the row, wait two weeks and plant some more, and then plant again two weeks later. Your plants will be at different stages of maturity and you can harvest fresh beans throughout the season. Or, if you grow corn, choose a short-season variety, a mid-season variety, and a late-maturing variety. You can alsoplant successive crops. After you've harvested the last of your lettuce, plant radishes in that garden spot. When the radishes are gone, plant more lettuce. There are lots of combinations of vegetables to keep you busy gardening and harvesting all growing season.

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