All of our GIEI friends contributing to the Grow100 Challenge know what it’s like to try to fit your gardening dreams into a limited space (and so does Joe Yonan, who had a nice article about his front-yard garden in the Washington Post today), but even those of us with a bit more square-footage have to plan and improvise to grow everything we’d like to.
I have 400 square feet of growing space at the South Germantown Community Garden – well, 400 square feet minus paths, because I do have to be able to reach my plants. Therefore, succession planting – the art of using the same space for multiple crops during the course of the year – is very important to me. I divide the succession planting concept into several plans of attack:
- Plant one crop, remove it when it’s past its best, and plant another crop in its place.
- Plant one crop, and then plant another in the same general area before the first crop is done.
- Plant several things in the same place from the very beginning.
- Instead of planting all the seeds of a crop at once, sow some every couple of weeks.
- Sow additional seeds once a crop’s established, because I know it may have a limited lifespan.