A basket full of garden vegetables.
The succession planting plan includes a crop timing chart and garden map.
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You will need
- Last and first frost date, and the number of days between
- List of crops, with days to harvest
- Several sketches of the garden plot (photocopied)
- Blank paper or graph paper
- If you prefer to use a spreadsheet program, the paper and writing tools are unnecessary
On a sheet of blank paper or graph paper, list your crops down the left side. Across the top, label each column with a date, beginning with the last frost date, and continuing in weekly intervals. If your last frost date is 4/7, the next columns would be 4/14, 4/21, 4/28, and so on through the first frost date in fall.
In the row beside each crop name, place a “P” below the date on which it should be planted. Then place an “H” beneath the expected harvest date. Highlight all of the boxes beginning with the P and ending on the H. When all crops have been marked, you will have a visual representation of the gardening time for one planting of each crop.
In addition to the first spring planting date, you may wish to show a late planting. Beginning at the first fall frost date, count backward the appropriate number of days, adding an extra week or two to ensure against an early cold snap. This is the absolute last planting date for that crop. Mark “P” for planting. Then count forward to mark the “H” harvest date, and highlight the late planting season.