Succession Planting - How to Extend Your Harvest

Succession planting is a wonderful technique for the home garden. It's a way to enjoy fresh-picked vegetables from your garden for a longer period of time. 

When you plant all of your seeds for a crop at the same time, they all get started at about the same time and they also become ready for harvest all at once.

This is great if you want all of your harvest at one time, but if you're gardening for fresh eating, you may become...

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Sowing and Thinning

Seed packets often have the terms "sow" and "thin." Let's look at what these terms mean.

Sow

Sow in this context is a verb and it rhymes with "toe." It means to plant the seeds and the term is used in the context of farming and gardening for growing crops. For example, planting acorns usually isn't described as "sowing" oak trees to regenerate a forest. You also do not "sow" transplants or seedlings.

Sowing...

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Plant Spacing Guidelines

Most seed packets provide a few basic guidelines for planting. How far deep should I plant the seeds? How far apart should I plant these seeds for them to grow well?

Here's a typical seed packet back with a small table containing planting guidelines:

What it doesn't tell you is that there's an underlying assumption on how your garden is laid out. Their guidelines aren't very helpful if you aren't planting in that way.

The...

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Tutorial: How to Start Seeds Indoors

This time of year everyone gets over-excited and wants to start seeds. Right. Now.

Hold your horses. Make sure you know what you're doing. 

I consider starting seeds indoors to be an "intermediate" level skill, and I don't really recommend it for beginners. 

If you've never done it before, beware of beginner mistakes. You run the risk of spending a lot of money, time, and effort and not producing the lovely little transplants...

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Let's Plant Starter Plants!

Starter plants can really help your garden produce quickly! These little individual plants have been growing for a few weeks at the greenhouse, and they're ready for you to buy and plant in your garden. They've successfully made it past the vulnerable sprouting process and are strong, healthy young plants, ready to mature and produce. 

There are pro's and con's to using starter plants, which I discuss in this article: Seeds vs....

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2020 Spring Season: Here's What I'm Planting in April

I received my seeds in the mail a few weeks ago and I can't wait to get started!

This spring (2020) I'll probably get out to the plot and start preparing it for planting about the first two weekends in April (in 2020 it's April 4 and April 11.)

I'm planning to plant my seeds on or about April 11. 

Favorites

Listed below are some of my favorites. I like them because they're easy to grow and consistently produce, year after...

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