Getting the spring crops done before summer ones?

ribbit32004November 3, 2008

Because of limited space, I have to use the same squares for spring as summer crops. How in the world do I get the spring crops of broccoli, cabbage and spinach to be done in time to plant the summer crops? I don't know if things grow faster in the spring, but my broccoli planted in August is just now headding. If I plant in late Feb again, they won't be done on time to replant those squares and if I wait until June to plant the summer ones, the ridiculous GA summer will take their toll on the plants.

I know some of my stunted growth issues have to do with the lack of decent sun exposure, but how do others of you deal with getting that spring crop harvested in time!? Do you just have extra empty squares or cut back on these crops in the spring knowing you'll have plenty of time in the fall.

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Ribbit, some crops will take up their spaces for most of the summer. Broccoli will continue to put out little side sprouts for a while after the main head is cut. If you cut, rather than pull, your cabbage it will make a few baby heads that are sweet and delicious. Your lettuce and spinach will bolt as soon as it gets hot, so you will use these squares for summer planting, as well as radish squares. Peas are finished early and can be followed with another crop. Just as soon as a square is empty, look at your days to maturity on your seeds or transplants and fill the squares with anything that has time to grow.


Here is a link that might be useful: Annie's Kitchen Garden

    Bookmark   November 3, 2008 at 8:08PM
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sinfonian(U8b A2 S5 SeaWA)

My first year I held back squares for the next season. But I also intend on pulling otherwise productive crops if necessary for space constraints. Of course since I won't be planting corn next year I expect I'll have plenty of space.

That said, I had the very same conversation last season.

Here is a link that might be useful: Sinfonian's garden adventure

    Bookmark   November 3, 2008 at 8:31PM
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engineeredgarden(7, nw Alabama)

ribbit - i'll give you my 2 cents worth....I'm faced with the same challenge as you, especially since we have almost identical growing climates.
The current crop will probably be harvested entirely on December 1st, then the garden will remain vacant until the middle of February. I'm planning on starting my early season cole crop transplants by seed on January 1st, then propagating them with the freaky seed starter contraption. LOL. Regardless if everything has matured or not - i'm pulling everything on May 1st, then planting warm weather crops....


    Bookmark   November 3, 2008 at 9:45PM
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EG, that's what I was thinking...I also may hold back a few spaces. With like climates, you know that if we don't plant summer things early we'll never get blooms out of them until it cools down in late August/September when it's time to do the fall crops again. I just wish I had more sun down there.

    Bookmark   November 4, 2008 at 5:38AM
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engineeredgarden(7, nw Alabama)

ribbit - Sun is no problem for me, my box receives at least 8 to 9 hours of direct sunlight in the summer months. I'm planning on planting corn on April 15th, then everything else on May 1st. Planting 3 different crops throughout the year will be pretty hectic , though.


    Bookmark   November 4, 2008 at 8:23AM
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Do you get your plants from mail-order or are they available at the stores in Jan/Feb?? Also, when do you plant lettuce? Do we have to wait until after the last frost or do we plant it early and keep it covered?

    Bookmark   November 5, 2008 at 8:20PM
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Our weather is always a bit sketchy. It could be well into the 60's and 70's and then a frost will bite you in the tail when you least expect it. I've planted my fall lettuce in pots and I may do the same in spring so I can pull them in the garage or I'll hold off on them until the end of March.

    Bookmark   November 5, 2008 at 8:27PM
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engineeredgarden(7, nw Alabama)

Betty - you should be able to find transplants in February. I'm growing my own transplants for everything this year. I would think that lettuce could be transplanted sometime in March.

ribbit - yeah, that errant frost in April is a little tricky. It usually gets my fruit trees.


    Bookmark   November 5, 2008 at 10:00PM
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