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After doing, a lot of effort in the garden or farm, the time came, where you can get your results- the favourite part of gardening (and really, who will not like this? After all it is their hard work). You may be longing for a way to grow greener all spring until fall for the pocket benefit and tasty produce. Today, we will discuss some tips or planning by which you can get a lush organic garden that puts fresh, healthy veggies and herbs in your backyard throughout the entire growing season. So, all you need to do - just a little bit planning - Thanks to a method called succession planting.
In succession gardening, usually in spring, summer, and fall, one crop is immediately planted after another is harvested to maximize the garden space you have. Why do you need to do this? The reason is basic science- growing multiple plants from different families in the soil is very beneficial because it helps enrich the soil and discourage growth. So, it is clear that this method will help you do successful gardening in a small space.
But of course, you will need to plan to work on this method. But don’t worry - here’s an easy way to do this, just follow the below steps:
1. Get to know the families.
Whatever you plant, know more about the plant and about which family it belongs because this will help to plot a plan. For example - peppers, eggplants, and tomatoes belong to the nightshade family. On another side, cabbage, collards, and kale belong to a mustard family or cole crops. As we know, every plant has different needs. But the plants tend to similar families requiring the same types of nutrients and susceptible to many of the same diseases. Do not keep planting plants that belong to the same family because they can decrease the soil nutrients and encourage plant disease.
2. Consider companions.
Before you plant different plants at the same time. Also, do well, research which plants grow well together. Because some plant combos work as a companion that enrich the soil with essential nutrients or repel pests. They work like a friend, to enhance and protect their neighbour plant when planted side-by-side or after one another. Cabbage and bean are one of the best plant combos. Cabbage families draw a lot of nitrogen from soil while bean families payback.
3. Make a plan.
While creating a plan, decide what you want to grow and the length of your growing season. Also, decide- the best two or more planting companions to get the best harvest. To close the harvest time, start with Bonnie plants and skin the seeds because they need extra care and time. Bonnie plants are already well on their way to maturity- they are time-saving; especially when, you are trying to maximize the growth. After deciding - what you want to grow? Make a sketch, where you plant the crop in a garden to utilize the maximum space. Then, start planting according to the sketch, with a right combo of plants to get the maximum benefit. Also, make sure to leave some space in the garden so that you can provide care to your plants.
Before planting, know your areas climate and choose the plant accordingly. To start in spring, pick the plant, which can tolerate cool weather and grow quickly so, that it will be ready to harvest before summer rolls around. Try spring crops like kale, mint, lettuce, radishes, kohlrabi, and parsley. You can plant many of these fast-growing, cool-season plants before last spring frost.
For summertime (second plantation), choose the plant family, which is not chosen during the first plantation to ensure the soil has enough nutrients and protect them from pests. Cherry tomatoes (summer crop) tend to ripen faster than full-size tomatoes. Here are some summer choices - basil, pickling cucumbers, zucchini, snack-size peppers, oregano, rosemary, and arugula. For third or fall planting, you need to choose an area and crop family which suits that environment and follow the same rules. During the fall, the weather is cool, and days are short makes the plant take a long time to ready for harvest. Pick semi-hardy or hardy plants that can survive a light frost, like - Swiss chard, kale, collards, and leaf lettuce.
4. Plant smart.
This is a major factor, which can lead to great growth if you feed correctly. So, before planting, prepare the soil bed by following this process - Dig the soil where you want to plant up to 3 inches and fill it with fertile topsoil. For indoor gardening use the fertile soil, for potting mix. Because top garden soil enriched with all essentials that help in rapid rooting and super growth. Now mix the Planting Water Storing Crystals thoroughly into the soil. It helps to hold the right amount of water and release it as needed. But after some days of the plantation, plants absorb all the nutrients from the soil. Give your plants a boost of Plantic Organic GreenDrop! Liquid fertilizer that adds micronutrients to soil and balances soil pH for optimum growth. This all-purpose plant fertilizer enhances essential microbes and prevents your plants from pests or insect attack. So, try this easy liquid formulation in indoor and outdoor gardening, then you can rest assured that your plants will consistently get all its need. Mix the 5 ml of fertilizer in 1 litre of water and spray the mixture with a hose or water container on your plants, focusing on roots.
5. Harvest, remove and replant.
Every gardener loves this time where he can taste or earn profit from his/her hard work. So, once the plants reach maturity or grow enough, start to harvest. When the plants begin to fade, remove them and plant the second crop family in their place. Repeat the process of planting, for fall plantation after the summer harvest. But make sure to water them early in the morning in the right quantity regularly and give them a drink of Plantic Organic! Real plant food.
6. Get ready for the offseason.
As humans - plants also need rest after a lot of production during the growing season. So, after planting, growing, and harvesting leaves the garden area for a break. Put the garden bed on leave for the winter season and start planning for the next crop with the new plant family. And don’t forget to share your harvest with your beloved ones!