If you’ve harvested one vegetable (example, radishes), you’ll want to plant a new crop in that space! The Successive Gardening Chart lists your last planting dates for second-season (or third-season) crops. To calculate the best time to plant your next vegetable crop, look at the first expected frost dates in the chart and choose the date that comes closest.
If you do not know your frost dates, see our handy frost date calculator!
In successive gardening, the idea is that you plant one crop after another to increase your harvest. If some crops have finished up, you’ll want to use that garden space for a second crop!
- In many cases, it’s those early spring cool-season vegetables (radishes, peas, lettuce) that make room for new crops.
- Warm-season vegetables such as tomatoes and peppers are long-lasting and keep bearing fruit.
- Still others such as Brussels sprouts stay in the ground as they taste best after a first frost.Ideally, you plan ahead with a planting schedule so you know how long different vegetables take to reach maturity.
If you’re interested in succession planting, see our video demonstrating succession planting and how to yield more from your vegetable garden.
You can also visit our Best Dates for Planting Calendar which now includes both first spring AND last fall planting dates by zip code.