Return to the Square Foot Gardening Forum | Post a Follow-Up

 o
Getting the spring crops done before summer ones?

Posted by ribbit32004 (My Page) on
Mon, Nov 3, 08 at 19:53

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.


Follow-Up Postings:

 o
RE: Getting the spring crops done before summer ones?

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.

Granny

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


 o
RE: Getting the spring crops done before summer ones?

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


 o
RE: Getting the spring crops done before summer ones?

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....

EG


 o
RE: Getting the spring crops done before summer ones?

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.


 o
RE: Getting the spring crops done before summer ones?

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.

EG


 o
RE: Getting the spring crops done before summer ones?

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?


 o
RE: Getting the spring crops done before summer ones?

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.


 o
RE: Getting the spring crops done before summer ones?

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.

EG


 o Post a Follow-Up

Please Note: Only registered members are able to post messages to this forum.

    If you are a member, please log in.

    If you aren't yet a member, join now!


Return to the Square Foot Gardening Forum

Information about Posting

  • You must be logged in to post a message. Once you are logged in, a posting window will appear at the bottom of the messages. If you are not a member, please register for an account.
  • Posting is a two-step process. Once you have composed your message, you will be taken to the preview page. You will then have a chance to review your post, make changes and upload photos.
  • After posting your message, you may need to refresh the forum page in order to see it.
  • Before posting copyrighted material, please read about Copyright and Fair Use.
  • We have a strict no-advertising policy!
  • If you would like to practice posting or uploading photos, please visit our Test forum.
  • If you need assistance, please Contact Us and we will be happy to help.


Learn more about in-text links on this page here