Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Middle South

April, 2011
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Wing Haven Garden Tour
Mark your calendar for the Gardeners' Garden Tour sponsored by Wing Haven Gardens and Bird Sanctuary and Blackhawk Hardware to be held May 7 and 8; Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm, and Sunday, 1 to 5 pm. The tour includes six private gardens, as well as Wing Haven and the Elizabeth Lawrence Garden. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 on tour days. Call (704) 331-0664 or visit the Web site at

Clever Gardening Technique

Succession Planting
Sunlight is at a premium in my new garden, so I'm thinking about ways to maximize the yield of vegetable crops with succession planting. There are four basic approaches: planting crops one after the other spring through fall, such as following fast-maturing Asian greens with heat-loving tomatoes and then kale after temperatures drop; planting small amounts of the same crop, such as lettuce, at timed intervals; planting two crops together that will mature one after the other, with harvest of the early crop providing more space for the second (also called interplanting), such as a combo of radishes and carrots; and planting several varieties of a single crop with varying maturity dates; both sweet corn and peas are good possibilities for this technique.


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