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Succession Planting Recommended Crops

Recommended Crops for Succession Planting

Meet Your Market Needs with a Continuous Supply

Whether growing vegetables for market or your own table, succession planting is an important part of planning. You want to avoid a feast-or-famine situation where the entire crop comes in at once and then it's done. It's much better to have a steady supply ready for harvest over the longest possible period.

Vegetables

One of our experienced staff members, who is also a longtime market gardener, offers these succession planting guidelines for vegetables based on his experience in Maine:

  • Green beans: Plant every 10 days (more frequently if machine picking)
  • Beets: Plant every 14 days
  • Cucumbers: Plant every 3 weeks
  • Kale/Collards: Plant every 3 weeks
  • Lettuce: Plant full size every 10–14 days; plant salad mix every 7–10 days and harvest regrowth
  • Melons: Plant every 3 weeks and multiple varieties
  • Radish: Plant every 7 days
  • Spinach: Plant every 7 days and harvest regrowth
  • Summer Squash: Plant every 6 weeks (or more frequently if vine borers are prevalent)
  • Sweet Corn: Plant every 10 days and multiple varieties with different maturity dates
  • Carrots: In cooler climates, carrots are often planted in early May for summer harvest, and in early July for fall harvest. Non-storage types can be planted every 2–3 weeks for summer and fall crops. In warmer climates, carrots may be sown in late fall through winter, for late-winter to early-spring harvests.
  • Cabbage: In cold climates, cabbage is usually transplanted early in May for summer and transplanted again in early July for fall harvest.  In mild climates, these dates may be extended to earlier in spring and later in fall and, in very mild climates, year-round.
  • Cauliflower: In cold climates, cauliflower is sually transplanted in early May for summer and transplanted again in early July for fall harvest.  In mild climates, these dates may be extended to earlier in spring and later in fall and, in very mild climates, year-round.
  • Broccoli: In cold climates, broccoli is usually transplanted in early May for summer and transplanted again in early July for fall harvest.  In mild climates, these dates may be extended to earlier in spring and later in fall and, in very mild climates, year-round.
  • Turnips: Plant every 7 days.

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Johnny's Succession Planting Calculator
Our calculator allows you to input the date of your first planting of each crop, then calculate the dates for later plantings.
Download spreadsheet (.xls file) »
Succession planting chart from the National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service website »

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