Thursday, July 30, 2009

Succession Planting

Second round of radishes..

In my thrifting travels I came across a book called All About Vegetables: Midwest/Northeast Edition by Walter Doty (published by Chevon Chemical Company, Ortho Division - 1973) for a dollar. Leafing through the pages I came across this little chart. Succession planting has been something I've wanted to try for some time. It seems (and this year is no exception) once the produce starts rolling in and I am bogged down in the kitchen, the idea of planting another round escapes me.
The chart looked simple and easy to use -based on when you plant and when the harvest would be. Out came the garden journal... as you can see my succession is seriously lacking - Basically it all went in during the month of May. There has been a few rounds of radishes, but that is about it...

Something to think about with planning the garden next year for sure. Mother Earth News has a nice Fall Garden Planting Schedule on page 35 of the August/September issue. The weeks to our first "killing frost" are quickly ticking away, but I think we may be able to get a few more things in before the snow flies!

11 comments:

sarah in the woods said...

Thanks for posting the chart. Succession planting is something that's been vaguely floating around my mind. Looks like there's still time!

dmoms said...

yep, that is what I am talking about! good work

Kelly said...

Cool chart! I wanted to check out your blog (saw your post on Give A Girl A Fig)- hope you enjoy B.K.'s book. She is my favorite author of all time, I got hooked on her fiction back in high school.

I am off to read more of your blog, can't wait!!

sarah in the woods said...

I just gave you an award, here:
http://theforestroom.blogspot.com/2009/07/honest.html
Please feel don't feel obligated.

Michelle said...

Thanks for the heads up about the chart in Mother EN...I haven't received mine yet. For some reason I get it late...which makes me sad.

June said...

The past two years I've been trying to be better about succession planting because our season is just so darn short. This year I've got more sugar snaps going (we eat the pea tendrils and immature peas as snowpeas), along with beets and more cabbage and kale. I sow Asian greens along too. It's hard to think in so many directions during the growing season. I'm going to take inspiration and prompting from your chart. You are one smart gardener!

Nancy said...

You're such a smart cookie. I think I need to read ME News...I've seen it before but never picked it up.

Joanna said...

What a lovely blog you have and very inspirational too! I am to trying my hand at successional planting, with all the rain we have been having I am hoping the seeds have not been washed away!
Joanna @ Cowslips & Clover (a novice hen keeper!)

Chiot's Run said...

I've been doing this as well. I just planted some beans for the fall and I'm starting broccoli, cabbage and brussels sprouts for fall harvest. Pretty soon I'll plant some spinach and I'd love to get some carrots in, but I don't think that will happen.

Caroline said...

This is fantastic. Thanks for posting this handy-dandy chart!

Molly said...

thank you so much for sharing that planting guide! i've saved it for future reference. it is definitely time to get out carrots planted here!