Practical Succession Sowing Tips For The Vegetable Garden

June is a good month for giving the vegetable garden a tuneup. The idea is to make the best use of the area allocated for crops and this starts with deciding what you want more of and also which vegetables are over and can make space for more. This is all explained in detail by Margaret Roach in her article which I found on her A Way To Garden website.

IT?S NOT JUST THE BEDS OF FADED SPRING PERENNIALS and gone-by flowering shrubs that need a tuneup around here (and maybe in your yard, too?). The vegetable garden is screaming for attention, as cool-season darlings?the spinach and broccoli raab and various other once-succulent things?stretch up in protest, saying ?No more!? How to achieve a continuing harvest with some simple succession-sowing tactics, in words and a captioned slideshow:
My mathematical equation starts on paper around June, like this:
1. Make a list of what you want more of (or a first crop of, if it?s a warm-season thing or if you simply didn?t plant an earlier crop).
Peas ready to harvest.
2. Make a list of things that have gone by or will soon, to assess real estate that you can utilize. In early to mid-June my lists looked like the one below; yours may be very different. My July and August list?for my latest sowings of all?is at at the bottom of the story.

trying to make room here for (as of mid-june*):

  • Beans (pole and bush)
  • Salad greens?repeat sowings
  • Arugula?repeat sowings
  • Cilantro
  • Basil
  • Chard
  • Summer and winter squash (I reserved a row for these, where cutting tulips, now faded, grow)
  • Maybe one bush cucumber plant?
  • Kales and collards
  • Tomatoes of not in yet (and peppers and eggplants if you grow them; I don?t)

See more at A Way To Garden