I do succession planting
of various kinds. I planted one 4x4 block of corn and then when it was making ears, I planted a second block in a different spot. I tried to get a third planting
, but I had various kinds of trouble getting it going (including after the seeds failed once, I replanted them and the chickens got in the bed and ate them all!
) My garden blog thread here:
has more details and pictures.
But in a nutshell:
Bed 1: Planted with spinach down the long edges early. Put tomato plants down the middle and pepper plant at one end basil at the other. Tomatoes and peppers are still hanging in, but the spinach is long gone. Just planted peas down the edges.
Bed 2: Had parsley and garlic over wintered from last year. Spring planted with lettuce down one edge, then added tomato plants in the middle. Now has beans down the edges and two pepper plants on the end.
Bed 3: Had peas, broccoli, chard, and kale. Now has beans, squash, and new baby broccoli seedlings.
Bed 4: Had overwintered parsley and garlic and spring planted with cabbage and carrots. Now has beans and carrots and basil.
Bed 5: (4x4 in the center of the garden) had carrots and corn. Now has some remaining carrots, beans, a volunteer potato plant and a volunteer tomato plant.
Quarter circle 1: (it was well into spring before I finished building this one) had corn and squash. Now still has squash, but planted broccoli seeds in the middle where the corn was.
Quarter circle 2: perennial bed: asparagus, strawberry, rhubarb, artichoke. All of this stuff stays where it is and doesn't get disturbed.
Bed 6: (at the end of the deck) had potatoes and broccoli. Just replanted with chard and spinach seeds that are just sprouting.
Unlike applestar, I don't have any plan for this. I just see what spaces open up and plant what is timely at that point in the open spaces. When the tomatoes, beans, etc. are finished, I will fill in the spaces with more cold weather stuff including lettuces and garlic and onions. Probably plant more spinach. Depending on when the new broccoli is done, I may replant it to over-winter. So there is always something going on in my garden. This year, I am going to try covering some of the beds to keep stuff going all winter. Over the course of a year, one bed may have four different plantings in it.
One of my "tricks" has always been planting
cold weather stuff down the edges of beds as early as possible, leaving some space in the middle. Later in spring when it is warm enough, I plant tomatoes down the middle. By the time the tomato plants are getting really big and need the space, the cold weather stuff is done.