Staggering the planting of a short-season vegetable crop to extend the harvest period for several weeks or months.
Succession Planting in the Forest Garden:
Some crops do not take the entire season to mature; they have shorter production lengths. For example, some greens and herbs might take 4-6 weeks to mature to harvest. A farmer may plant a row of lettuce one week, and then another row a few weeks later, and continue that throughout the season. The crop will then become ready for harvest in the same sequence, allowing the farmer regular harvests every few weeks. When farmers plant a lot at one time, they might not find the markets to sell all of it at once. Practicing succession planting is a way to ensure a steady supply of marketable products across a longer period of time.