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Neverending Harvest: A Guide to Planning a Successional Garden

Springtime whispers promises of renewal and growth, and what better way to embrace this season of transformation than by planning a successional garden? At Love, Plants, we believe that every garden tells a story of resilience and abundance. So, grab your gardening gloves and let's embark on a journey to create a garden that blooms and fruits with vibrancy throughout the seasons.

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What is a Successional Garden?

A successional garden is a carefully curated space where plants are strategically planted in succession to ensure a continuous harvest and maximum utilization of space. By staggering planting times and selecting crops with varying maturity rates, you can enjoy a bounty of fresh produce from early spring to late fall.

Benefits of Successional Sowing

  • Extended Harvest: Picture this: instead of a sudden influx of ripe produce overwhelming your kitchen, imagine a steady stream of fresh veggies and herbs trickling in over weeks and months. That's the magic of successional planting—a continuous supply of homegrown goodness to enjoy.
  • Less Waste: We've all experienced the dilemma of too much of a good thing ripening all at once. With successional planting, you can bid farewell to mountains of zucchinis or tomatoes languishing on your kitchen counter. By staggering your plantings, you'll have just the right amount of produce at peak freshness, minimizing waste.
  • Pest Management: Say goodbye to pest invasions wreaking havoc on your garden. By spreading out your planting times, you make it less enticing for pests to set up camp in your garden. Instead of a buffet of ripe produce, they'll find a more manageable feast, keeping their numbers in check without resorting to harsh chemicals.
  • Soil Health: Just like a balanced diet keeps us healthy, a varied planting schedule keeps your soil in top condition. Different plants have different nutrient needs, and successional planting ensures that your soil remains balanced and fertile throughout the growing season. As you prepare your soil for planting, mix it withthese two powerhouse soil amendments from Love, Plants to improve soil texture and quality. 


Planning and Preparation

To embark on your successional planting journey, start by making a list of your favorite produce. Consider their growing requirements, whether they thrive in warm or cool weather, and their maturity dates based on seed packet or start label instructions. Armed with this information, create a planting calendar that spans the growing season, working backwards from maturity date to stagger plantings every 2-3 weeks. Yes, it requires a bit of upfront effort, but the rewards will be well worth it when you're harvesting fresh veggies straight from your garden all season long.

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Example of a Successional Harvest

Here's a winning lineup to keep your garden thriving from spring to fall:

  1. Radishes and Lettuces: Kick off the season with these fast growers that pave the way for future plantings.
  2. Spinach and Green Onions: As your garden evolves, introduce these early season favorites while your larger veggies mature.
  3. Tomatoes, Peppers, and Cucumbers: Bask in the glory of summer with these star performers, providing a bounty of deliciousness.
  4. Kale and Carrots: As the days grow shorter, usher in a fall harvest with these cold-hardy crops that thrive in cooler temperatures.

Bonus for season-long harvesting: HERBS! Don't forget to keep a fresh herb garden near your kitchen. Herbs like basil, parsley, and thyme can be harvested throughout the season to elevate your culinary creations.

Seed, Start, and Transplant Success Kit
Need a little extra help starting your seeds for spring? Check out our Seeds, Starts, and Transplant Success Kit. It comes with seedling superfood, a soil probiotic that helps germination and plant health, Black Magic Biochar, a soil additive that improves moisture retention, and Plant Superfood Pods, which help your large transplants grow in their new homes. 



As you embark on your journey to plan a successional garden, remember that the journey is just as rewarding as the destination. Embrace the rhythm of the seasons and savor the satisfaction of harvesting your own homegrown bounty. With a little planning and a lot of love, your garden will flourish and thrive for seasons to come. Happy gardening, fellow plant lovers!