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A Masterclass in Succession Gardening

Succession gardening is a must for anyone looking to enjoy a continuous supply of fresh produce and make the most of their garden space. By mastering the art of succession planting, you can ensure that your garden remains productive year-round, providing a steady stream of homegrown fruits and vegetables. 
This week, we’ll explore the significance of succession gardening, practical tips for planning and implementing a schedule, and various techniques to optimise your garden’s potential. Plus, we’ll highlight how your beloved plants can bear the brunt of the winter months with a little help from a greenhouse.

The Significance of Succession Gardening

Succession gardening involves planting crops in a way that maximises space and time, ensuring a continuous harvest. This method is essential for:

Maximising Space: Efficiently use every centimetre of your garden to avoid empty patches and ensure that new plants are ready to take over as old ones are harvested. 

Continuous Harvest: Providing a regular supply of fresh produce throughout the growing season and beyond, minimising periods when your garden is unproductive. 

Crop Rotation: Reducing the risk of pests and diseases by regularly changing the types of crops grown in each area of the garden.

Planning and Implementing a Succession Planting Schedule

Planning and Implementing a Succession Planting Schedule
To succeed with succession gardening, planning is key. Here are some practical steps to get started:

  1. Create a Garden Plan: Map out your garden space, considering the layout and dimensions. Decide which crops you want to grow and their specific needs (sunlight, water, spacing).
  2. Select Compatible Crops: Choose crops that work well together, considering their growth rates and nutrient requirements. Group crops with similar needs to make care easier.
  3. Timing Planting Dates: Research the planting and harvest dates for each crop. Stagger planting dates to ensure continuous harvests (e.g., plant new lettuce seeds every two weeks).
  4. Manage Harvest Intervals: Plan for overlapping harvests, where new plants are ready to take over as soon as old ones are harvested. Keep a calendar or journal to track planting and harvest dates. 

Techniques for Succession Planting

There are several techniques you can use to implement succession planting effectively:

Intercropping: Plant fast-growing crops between slower-growing ones. For example, plant radishes (fast-growing) between rows of carrots (slower-growing).

Relay Planting: Plant a new crop as soon as an old one is harvested. For instance, after harvesting early peas, plant beans in the same spot.

Staggered Sowing: Sow seeds of the same crop at different times to extend the harvest period. This works well with crops like lettuce, spinach, and carrots. For a selection of seeds, click here.

Leveraging Greenhouses and Grow Houses

Using greenhouses and grow houses can significantly enhance your succession gardening efforts, especially during the winter months:

Greenhouses: Protect your crops from harsh weather and extend the growing season. Greenhouses create a controlled environment, allowing for the growth of tender plants even in cold weather. They are perfect for starting seedlings early and for growing crops that need a longer growing season.


Grow Houses: Provide a compact, efficient space for year-round gardening. Grow houses are ideal for small spaces and can be used to grow a variety of crops throughout the year. They help maintain optimal growing conditions, making it easier to manage succession planting schedules.



Practical Tips for Winter Succession Gardening

Winter doesn’t have to mean the end of fresh produce. Here’s how to keep your garden productive:

Select Cold-Hardy Varieties: Choose crops that thrive in cooler temperatures, such as Brussels sprouts, carrots, and leeks.

Use Mulch and Row Covers: Protect your plants from frost and retain soil moisture with mulch and row covers.

Here’s to a Prosperous Winter Harvest

Succession gardening is a powerful technique to ensure a continuous harvest and make the most of your garden space. By planning carefully, selecting compatible crops, and utilising techniques like intercropping, relay planting, and staggered sowing, you can enjoy fresh produce year-round.

Incorporating greenhouses and grow houses into your gardening routine, especially during winter, can further enhance your success. With the right approach and tools, your garden can thrive in every season. Simply visit your nearest MakroBuilder’s Warehouse or Game.

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