What to plant in the garden after the first harvests?

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If you have not made a schedule at the beginning of the season, you are probably wondering what you can put in place of the lettuce you just reaped. For gardeners who do not like planning everything at the beginning of the season, we can also decide as and when.

A list of what can be planted each month.

Arrach – Atriplex hortensis
Basil – Ocimum basilicum
Beet – Beta Vulgaris
Borage – Borago officinalis
Carrots – Daucus carotta
Celery – Apium graveolens
Chervil – Anthriscuscerefolium
Broccoli cabbage – Brassica oleracea var. Italica
Brussels Sprout – Brassica oleracea var. Gemmifera
Cauliflower – Brassica oleracea var. Botrytis
Cabbage cabbage – Brassica sabelica
Romanesco cabbage – Brassica oleracea var. Botrytis Romanesco
Scallion – Allium fistulosum
Chives – Allium schoenoprasum
Coriander – Coriandrum sativum
Tarragon – Artemisia dracunculus
Lettuce – Lactuca spp. 
Lemon balm – Melissa officinalis
White mustard – Sinapis alba
Turnip – Brassica rapa
Oregano – Origanum spp. 
Parsnips – Pastinaca sativa
Parsley – Petroselinum crispum
Peas – Pisum sativum
Purslane – Portulaca oleracea
Radish – Raphanus sativus
Black radish – Raphanus sativus ‘Niger’
Savory – Satureja spp. 
Sunflower – Helianthus spp. 
Verbena Lemongrass – Aloysia citrodora

It’s a good start, but there are other things to talk about.

Find some space.

From June, we have already made a little room in harvesting, but it is not necessarily enough. What can be a very good idea is to plant tighter – for example between rows! 
You will tell me: “But my plants will compete! ” 
Instead, they will protect and soften the vegetable garden: In summer, the sun is not scarce, limiting growth are water and nutrients. The more roots there are, the better the water flows, and the more soil bacteria release nutrients. So do not hesitate, plant dense!

Plant the right plant in the right place.

  • 1. Vary the heights – and take the opportunity to put the small plants that need to be protected away from the big ones.
  • 2. Make sure that you have rotated the crops – in principle, it is not too difficult if you just snatch a crop not to put the same thing. But for plants like cabbages or squash, which empty the soil at a place for several years, you have to be careful.
  • 3. If you really lack space, remove weak plants from other crops in progress. If you have 20 feet of tomatoes but 2 are frankly in trouble will not produce anything, do not hesitate to recover the location to install something else.
  • 4. Do not rip all the previous crop – keep one foot of radish to get some seeds .

How to do ?

In the second crop, we have mostly plants that must be sown. This is very good because with the light and the important heat the seedlings will lift easily, provided you have enough moisture on the surface. 
Two solutions for that:

  • either water yourself every day
  • or you try a sowing through mulching , which will allow you to water a little less.

If you have nothing to sow right away, consider mulching or putting on a green manure: solar radiation and thunderstorms “wear out” the surface of the soil very quickly. Do not leave the soil exposed for more than a week.

Dr. Kimberly Seltzer

Postdoctoral Scholar, UC Berkeley Research Assistant, MIT

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