Perpetual Harvest

Depending on your garden plans, there are a myriad of ways to time your harvest. Because we try to squeeze every drop of food out of our space, we practice succession planting so there is always something to harvest.

lettuce from my garden

When we plant lettuce, we’ll plant row a week for three weeks or so and once we harvest, we drop new seed in. We also use determinate and indeterminate plantings of crops to our advantage. Do you plan on canning? Then one large harvest would be ideal. A determinate crop produces one glut of fruit, compared to the trickle of produce from an indeterminate variety. Since we’re planning on doing canning and want a steady harvest, we’re planting multiple varieties of our crops. When shopping for seeds, especially tomatoes, they should say if the variety is┬ádeterminate or indeterminate. You can strategically use both to get the most of what you want from a garden.

Also knowing your seasons and what grows best when will help stretch your harvest. Timing your cool and warm weather crops can mean three seasons of harvest compared to the single conventional gardening season, depending on where you live. A quick pea harvest, followed by planting warm season beans will double the use of your space. The same can be said for cool weather kale followed by something that soaks up the heat once the kale has been cleared away. The possibilities are only limited by your seed budget!

Knowing the timing of all your harvests will help you squeeze every tasty morsel you can out of every inch, a little extra planning goes a long way!

2 replies on “Perpetual Harvest”

Thanks for the advice! I started celery indoors, er, a little too early and am using yummy celery leaves in just about anything. My spinach, lettuce, celery leaves and basil all join the other ingredients in morning/brunch smoothies. Love my indoor garden! Just waiting for nights to be above 50 to start setting stuff outside.

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