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Keep your Veggie Garden Going

Make the most of the growing season with succession planting

Fine Gardening – Issue 176

Most gardeners are used to growing or buying spring seedlings to establish their vegetable gardens. But what happens when spring is over and early crops have been harvested? After the rush of the spring planting season has passed, most nurseries don’t sell fresh vegetable seedlings for succession planting. This is where a grow light comes in handy. I use ordinary shop lights to produce seedlings that can be “plugged in” to open garden spaces, maximizing yield and reducing the amount of time required between crops.

Not all succession crops need to be started indoors. Some, like quick-growing radishes, bush beans, and salad turnips, can be direct-seeded into garden beds. Growing your own plants gives you access to the extensive range of varieties found in seed catalogs. When placing late-winter seed orders, remember to order enough for a full season of planting.

Time seed-starting so that plants are ready to…

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