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Harvest Like a Pro: Mastering Succession Planting

July brings the sun-drenched bounty of summer, and with it, the perfect time to leverage succession planting for a non-stop harvest. I'm talking fresh veggies on your table from now until the frost whispers its arrival.

For those new to the term, succession planting is all about strategically scheduling your plantings to maximize your garden's output. It's like a victory lap for your green thumb, ensuring a constant flow of deliciousness.

Why Succession Planting Rocks in July

The Pacific Northwest boasts a long growing season, but July is prime time to capitalize on the warm days and cool nights. Here's why succession planting shines this month:

  • Emptying Beds: You've likely harvested some early-season crops like lettuce, spinach, and peas. These empty beds are begging for new life!
  • Extended Season: By planting cool-season crops now, you'll extend your harvest well into fall.
  • Milder Temperatures: July's warmth is ideal for germinating seeds and encouraging steady growth. 

Planting Powerhouse Picks for July

Now that you're pumped about succession planting, let's get down to business! Here are some superstar crops to sow in July for a continuous harvest:

  • Leafy Greens: Kale, Swiss chard, arugula, and Asian greens like mizuna and bak choy thrive in cooler fall weather. Sow seeds directly in your vacated beds and enjoy fresh salads for weeks.
  • Brassicas: Beets, carrots, parsnips, and rutabagas are perfect for planting now. These slow-growers benefit from the long days of July and will be ready for fall and winter roasts.
  • Arugula: This spicy green is a fast grower. Plant a new batch every few weeks for a constant supply on sandwiches or pizzas.

Pro-Tips for Planting Success

  • Stagger Your Seeds: Don't sow everything at once! Spread out plantings over a few weeks to ensure a continuous harvest, not a glut followed by an empty fridge.
  • Amend Your Soil: Refresh your garden beds with compost or aged manure before planting. This provides essential nutrients for your new crops.
  • Mind the Spacing: Refer to seed packet instructions for proper spacing between plants. Crowding stunts growth and reduces yields.
  • Water Wisely: Seedlings need consistent moisture, but established plants can benefit from deep watering less frequently.

Interplanting is another space-saving strategy. Plant fast-maturing crops like radishes or lettuce between slower-growing veggies. Harvest the quick-growers while the others mature, maximizing your garden real estate.

By employing succession planting, you'll be a harvest hero throughout the season. Remember, consistent care – weeding, watering, and monitoring for pests – is key to a thriving garden. So, get planting, and enjoy the fruits (and veggies!) of your labor! For more information on edible planting, visit our website.


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