Last year I recorded a podcast with tips on succession planting, aka always having something to harvest from the veggie patch.
The key is really to be constantly planting things. If you want to harvest something every week, you need to be planting every week. This process can become overwhelming, especially if you’re not a planner. I thought I’d demonstrate how we do it with our monthly 4 bed rotation.
Now these tips are for us here in the subtropics, we are lucky enough to have a climate that allows us to plant the entire year. This process obviously won’t work if your ground is frozen over the winter.
Plants we choose for our succession
For our rotation we choose plants that are quick to grow, aiming for harvest within 90 days. This means being selective with our varieties. We make sure we choose fast growing broccoli and cauliflowers, and also carrots. In these beds we do our salad greens, stir fry greens, beans, cucumbers, zucchini, carrots and beetroot.
What we don’t include in our succession beds
Whilst we do some cherry tomatoes in our succession beds which will often carry on a little longer than the 4 bed rotation, our main supply of canning/sauce tomatoes gets its own space. As does garlic, onions, eggplant, strawberries, capsicums and other biennial/perennial veggies. Also any plants we are growing for our seed shop we do those in additional beds so we’re not waiting for those to finish up.
If things aren’t finished growing
If things aren’t finished when we expect them to be, we simply plant around them. The beauty of a no dig garden system is we can essentially top up our patch and plant around existing plants allowing them to keep growing to maturity whilst also keeping our succession going.
Key to successful succession planting
The main thing that helps is always propagating a lot of seeds, we make sure that we are always sowing seeds. It may feel at times we go a little overboard but it is incredibly helpful to always have something to plant in spots that appear.
In the video below we demonstrate what 4 months of succession looks like in our garden. Check it out below.
If you’d like more guidance on this process you can access all my plans inside the dirt lovers membership along with loads of other growing tips.