Summer Crop Rotation Inspiration
If you've been interested in starting a fresh round of seedlings for an abundant fall garden, you might be looking out and wondering where things from our Fall Seed Catalog are going to go in your garden.
As seasoned farmers and gardeners, we have a bit of a rhythm to getting our succession of late summer and fall crops in the ground. It's based on the principals in this post, but we've distilled the information for you here. The key to an abundant garden is to follow early spring crops with varieties that will be successful into late summer and fall.
Here is what works for us:
For things harvested 3-6 weeks after Last Spring Frost, follow with successions of shorter season varieties.
- Follow spinach with -> Spring radishes such as French Breakfast, arugula, Asian greens, basil
- Follow radishes, arugula, or Asian greens with -> Head lettuce or lettuce mix, snap beans such as Provider or Tri-Color.
For things harvested 6-10 weeks after Last Spring Frost, follow with any moderate season crop that will stay in the ground until the fall.
- Follow Snap, Snow, and Shelling Peas with->
- Follow Garlic with->
For things harvested 10 weeks after last spring frost, follow with any shorter season crop that will stay in the ground until fall.
- Follow onions with->
Direct sow: Beets for fresh eating such as Early Wonder Tall Top.
Transplant: Broccoli such as Piracicaba
For things harvested 12 weeks after last spring frost, follow with any shorter season crop that will stay in the ground until winter.
- Follow May seeded bush snap beans with ->