Staggered planting: A constant harvest!  - 05. March 2021

Spring is right around the corner and your organic seeds are in your hands - who can resist running straight to the garden and planting?

Wait just a second! A little bit of planning is worth doing. On the back of our seed bags, you can find valuable information about the planting period. For some varieties (tomatoes, peppers, aubergines or squash and cucumbers), this period is very short and must be respected. For other varieties, the planting period extends over a much wider time, and we can use this to our advantage in order to prolong the harvest season, avoid food surpluses while increasing the total amount harvested. Among these varieties you will find rocket, carrots, spring onions, lettuces, and radishes.

Staggered planting: A constant harvest! 

Those who sow all their lettuce seeds at once will face a flood of lettuces within a few weeks, which means you’ll be offering generous amounts to neighbours and friends! To optimise the harvest, make a small calculation: If you consume, on average, eight heads of lettuce over a period of two weeks, sow 10-12 seeds every 14 days, or plant seedlings.

The same applies to other rapidly growing varieties, as well as annual flowers, to prolong the flowering period.

We have made up a list of varieties where these methods may apply, always in their respective planting period.

Seeds every 10-14 days:

Lettuces and greens

Leaf lettuces

Radishes

Early carrots

Spring onions

Chard

Rocket

Cress

Lamb’s lettuce

Spinach

Sugarloaf chicory

Asian lettuces and cabbage

 

Every 2-4 weeks:

Broccoli

Bush beans

Chicory