Succession of Crops

In addition to the above suggestions there is the possibility of following an inter-cropping routine during a single season. For instance, where celery trenches are dug out, lettuces or summer spinach are frequently planted out in rows on the ridges. The lettuces and spinach mature and are cut before the celery has to be earthed up.

Then again, a crop of early potatoes can be followed by broccoli, the April-sown plants of broccoli being ready to move from the seed or nursery bed by the time the earliest potatoes are lifted in June.

Or carrots, or beet, or lettuces can follow the early potatoes. French or intensive gardening is conducted on these lines, and the home gardener is strongly advised to take a leaf out of the French gardeners’ book. The important thing to remember is that the soil must be in really good condition to produce crops in rapid succession. And it should also be kept in mind that to get the best from a plot, plants of different character should be chosen to follow each other. Cabbages should not, for instance, follow brussels sprouts, but they can well be planted out between two rows of early peas, which will not only be gathered before the cabbages come to maturity, but will help by giving a little shade to the young cabbages for a time after planting.

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Though it needs perhaps a little more ingenuity on the part of the gardener to plan well a tiny, limited, vegetable plot, than when he can follow a recognized routine on a full-sized allotment, the results are well worth the extra trouble.

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07. July 2013 by admin
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