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Sowing Spring Veggies and Succession Gardening

Posted by highwaygardener 5 (My Page) on
Sun, Feb 26, 12 at 22:50

A fellow poster on here gave me a great link about how soil temp affects germination time of various seeds. It's a great link:

But it's slightly discouraging too...we have been planning on setting out some spring vegie seeds such as peas, spinach, green onions, turnips and so forth around March 15th, which is the recommended average date around our parts. But now I'm wondering if those seeds are just going to sit in the ground for ages and end up running into the Summer veg planting times. I was hoping to do some succession gardening and get two crops out of each garden bed this year.

The time to set out squash melon seed is the beginning of May here, and the time to set out pepper and tomato starts is late May.

Does anyone have any thoughts? Has anyone done well with succession plantings in zone 5? Does anyone start things like peas and green onions indoors to save time?

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RE: Sowing Spring Veggies and Succession Gardening

I am down in zone 5 too. I plant my cold weather crops in pots and trays most of the time. Our growing season is so short, you are correct,it is hard to get succession plantings without a hoop house in the beginning. Planting in pots and trays warms faster and I can plant earlier then in the ground. Plus, if I get a late frost I can bring them in or cover them easily.

I did plant lettuce and spinach in-between my tomato rows last year. I planted the cold crops first then the tomatoes around May 15th. So I hard both crops out for a bit, but by the time the tomatoes got big, the cold crops were done.

I hope that helps


RE: Sowing Spring Veggies and Succession Gardening

Thank you Keriann, you have helped a ton. I think that you're right--I need to just plan that the Spring and Summer crops will be in the same ground for a short time. I think it will be okay because tomatoes always take about four weeks to take off and get big after you plant them and so do the other Summer crops that we plant. And most spring vegies are kinda puny--except for broc and peas.

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