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By: organicfarmingblog , 4:39 PM GMT on February 28, 2013
In organic agriculture, succession planting is an essential means of increasing yield in your organic farm. The length of your growing season can identify how many successive plantings you need to take depending on the weather as some of the succeeding plantings may not yield well.
Planning and organizing a thorough succession for growing your crops will definitely eradicate guesswork of when and what to plant later on in the season. You need to make a to-do-list on the type of vegetables you want to grow and consider their distinctive growth habits and liking.
Organic farmers make use of plant succession to guarantee a stable supply of vegetables to sell to the market. This method is design to generate a highly productive cropping system. The more complex plan you have, the more comprehensive knowledge you need of the specific varieties. Planning and collecting all of this crop information for organic gardening is like a huge jigsaw puzzle. But you can make things easier by sketching a diagram for planting seasons, winter, spring, summer and fall.
That way you can expand harvest season because it’s either you alternate planting times for a specific crop or you grow a different crop after the first one is harvested.
Approaches to Succession Planting
1. Two or more crops in succession.
Once a particular crop is harvested, the next crop is planted in the same area. In this aspect, we need to consider the duration of the growing season for each crops such as the climate and the type of crop that we grow. For instance, a spring crop can be succeeded by a summer crop.
2. Same crop, successive plantings.
Plants grow in a different maturity dates and successive planting of the same crop can produce a continuous harvest even in an extended period of time. One good example of this is lettuce and other green salads.
3. Two or more crops simultaneously.
Intercropping and companion planting is an example to this approach. Non-competing crops have different maturity dates and they can be grown simultaneously in the same area.
Non-competing crops, often with different maturity dates, are planted together in various patterns. Intercropping is one pattern approach; companion planting is a related, complementary practice.
4. Same crop, different maturity dates.
Varieties of plants with different maturity dates are grown at the same time. Hence, these crops mature one after the other over the season.
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