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LET’S TALK GARDENING – Succession Vegetable Gardening

By Doug Hensel
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SUCCESSION VEGETABLE GARDENING IS PLANTING A SECOND CROP OF VEGETABLES

I love to write about trends in gardening that more and more people are attempting. This is a good one. Succession Vegetable Gardening is something that more people are learning to do here in Central Virginia in order to grow more produce for a longer period of time. If you have space then it only makes sense especially with the increase cost of produce with our supermarkets.

Growing up in Ohio the idea of succession gardening was something that never existed. We waited until mid to late May to plant our vegetables and then hoped we didn’t get a frost in September.  So, our growing season was short-lived. But, not here in Virginia.

We have a farmer’s market every Thursday from 10 am to 2 pm. The one thing that I learned from our produce vendors is the idea of succession vegetable planting. They have been doing succession growing for years. Selling produce is their livelihood. So, it only makes sense that they want to sell fresh vegetables for as long as possible. Now, private homeowners are learning about succession gardening. For us, in Central Virginia, our growing season can run from mid to late April into the end of October. This gives plenty of growing time to plant a second season of certain vegetables such as tomatoes, eggplants, squash, zucchini, beans, cucumbers, and more.

If you want to try succession gardening then now is the time to be planting your second crop of vegetables. Our air and soil temperatures are warm and prime of quick growing. Adding some ESPOMA BIO TONE to the soil at the time of planting will aid in the fast growth and the production of the vegetables.

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2 thoughts on “LET’S TALK GARDENING – Succession Vegetable Gardening

  1. Thanks Doug. It would be nice to get a little more in depth with this blog topic. I was hoping to learn more about what “succession gardening” actually is as I’m new to gardening. For example, if I want to grow tomatoes throughout the growing season, when would be the best time to plant the first crop and then when would be the latest I could plant the second crop (or third even)? What vegetables work best with this type of gardening? Lots of questions left unanswered.

  2. Matthew,
    Good for you. We are blessed here in Virginia for having good months for growing certain vegetables. You asked about planting tomato plants. Use May 1 as a planting time for tomatoes, squash, peppers, etc. Then come the end of July would be when you would want to plant another generation of vegetable plants. Now that we are approaching September, this is the cool season vegetable season. Also, you can be sowing vegetable seeds now such as beets, carrots, onions, etc. Keep up your enthusiasm for wanting to grow you own. It’s the best. Doug

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