Have you ever planted all of your lettuce all in one batch and now its harvest time and you have so much lettuce you don’t know what to do with it? I know this has happened to many gardeners. The trick is to succession plant. Succession planting is to follow one crop with another. This is a really great tool to learn so you can maximize your gardens yield and enjoy crops for longer. I have come up with a simple chart that will help you know what intervals you should be planting your crops.
Succession Planting Guide
Arugula- 14 Day intervals
Bok Choi- 10 Day intervals
Beets- 14 Day intervals
Bush Beans- 10 Day intervals
Broccoli- 14 Day intervals
Carrots- 21 Day intervals
Cucumbers- 21 Day intervals
Endive- 14 Day intervals
Head Lettuce- 10 Day intervals
Kohlrabi- 10 Day intervals
Leaf Lettuce- 7 Day intervals
Melons- 21 Days
Mustard Greens- 10 Day intervals
Peas- 10 Day intervals
Radishes- 7 Day intervals
Spinach- 7 Day intervals
Summer Squash- 30 Day intervals
Sweet Corn- 7 Day intervals
Swiss Chard- 21 Day intervals
Turnips- 14 Day intervals
Whether you are from the Northwest, Midwest or East Coast, the time has come to step into your greenhouse. Dust off your cold frame and clean up your seedling trays! Even though you may look outside and there is a blanket of snow on the ground it is not too early to get some seeds started. There are many vegetable seeds to start indoors and transplant later in spring. If you don’t have a greenhouse, that’s okay a warm window will do the trick! Starting seeds indoors is a fun early garden project with big rewards! Read on to find out how simple and fun starting seeds indoors is.
Seed starting supplies
Fill your containers with pre-moistened seed starting mix. You can use cell-packs, peat pots, plastic pots, clay pots, or recycled newspaper pots. Gently press the mix into them leaving ¼ inch space at the top to allow air circulation.
Using a dibble (pointed stick or pencil), make a hole in the center of the potting mix about ¼ inch deep, place 2-3 seeds and cover with potting mix.
Remember to label each container with the variety name and planting date. Water lightly with a fine spray. Once the seeds are planted, cover the containers with plastic domes or plastic wrap. They will create a miniature greenhouse, which will keep the medium from drying out and a warm environment for your seed to germinate.
Place containers in a warm spot out of direct sunlight and away from drafts. On top of the refrigerator is ideal, or you can apply bottom heat with an electric heat mat. Seed germination should occur in about 5-14 days depending on the variety.
Be sure to check your containers every day. When the first green shoots appear, move them into direct sunlight. Remove the plastic covering and water or mist as needed. Turn the plants daily to keep them from bending to the light.
Check your Irish Eyes garden planner to help with exact dates to plant certain vegetables. Here is a list of seeds that do best when started indoors.