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Successionl sowing with vegetables.

13 December 2009 20:11:38
Beds for successional veg sowings.

Beds for successional veg sowings.

When sowing is done the successional way you will avoid large gluts when harvesting them and you will also give yourself a continuity of supplies from certain vegetables.How this sowing is done will be to start off and just sow a few seeds and then about 2 weeks later sow another few and at regular times from there on.This way is suitable for the likes of lettuces,turnips,beetroots,radishes to name a few.Sow the next lot when seedlings from the previous one sown have just appeared .If you sow just a few lettuces every 2 weeks then you will not end up with a load of grown lettuces at the one time.


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fran m fran m 13 December 2009 20:31:43

John are they fish boxes, you are using there and why are there two mounds in each box?


kitkat kitkat 13 December 2009 20:34:16

will you be sowing these vegetables in their final place or do transplant them later 


Gismo1981 Gismo1981 13 December 2009 20:35:22

I have always wondered how long to leave between plantings, thanks. Pity you didn't travel today would have been lovely to meet you I always enjoy your journals and pick up lots of tips :O)


Sharon1 Sharon1 13 December 2009 20:35:33

Hhmm, interesting question Fran! - I start off with good intentions but usually get waylaid - this year, am limiting us to vegies that the kids eat! so hoping to get the successional thingie off - hopefully! -)


Jacinta Jacinta 13 December 2009 20:40:08

Nice work, John. Busy as usual.


Johnplotman Johnplotman 13 December 2009 20:50:31

Some kind of old ones Fran.The mounds in each are from sowings there earlier in the year.That is where your diary will come in handy.All members of the same family of vegetables will have been sown there.


Johnplotman Johnplotman 13 December 2009 20:56:39

Kitkat,they will be sown in their final place at first.No moving on.Im not saying it cant be done but the likes of carrots for example have what are called tap roots that hate being disturbed.Especially with the likes of beetroot as for any root crop they hate moving.Each time through successional sowings solves the problem.Another way out of that is called little and often.


Johnplotman Johnplotman 13 December 2009 21:01:51

Thanks Gismo,im almost kicking myself for not been there.I missed one hell of a party.Going by your own,Jacintas,and Rachels pictures i have seen so far told me all.A great Christmas party was held by everyone.


Johnplotman Johnplotman 13 December 2009 21:09:07

Good luch with your successional sowings Sharon.Growing what your family like to eat and that suits everyone is good.You may have so all ready but if not it will be great to draw yourself up a plan of what you will have for the year and then no time wasted growing a crop for the compost heap.


Johnplotman Johnplotman 13 December 2009 21:19:26

Thanks Jacinta.I had a great look through pictures from the party taken earlier by yourself,Gismo,and Rachel.When i think back to Belvedere House earlier in the year i can recall some of the faces.Everyone had a real touch of Christmas spirit today at the party.


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