Succession planting maximizes yield in small spaces
There are a few types of succession planting:
- Planting one type of crop in a space, then harvesting it and planting a second crop in the same space. Typically the first crop is one that likes cool weather, and the second is one that prefers heat.
- Repeatedly planting the same type of crop a few weeks apart to ensure a continuous harvest. This is commonly done with lettuces and other salad vegetables. Make note of the number of days that the plant takes to mature so that you can accurately calculate the last sowing date.
- Planting different varieties of the same crop at the same time, wherein each variety matures at a different rate, so that, again, a continuous harvest is available. For example, one could plant early and late maturing tomatoes together.
- A variation of 3, above, wherein the same rules are followed and the same outcomes are met, but the two crops are of different, but complimentary species. This is also known as intercropping.