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High Yields: 6 Proven Strategies to Boost Garden Harvests

February 22nd, 2018 | News | 0 Comments

Now is the time to start planning for the growing season!

A well thought garden will provide you with an abundance of harvests. So here are a few tips and strategies to have a super prolific garden.

High-Yield plants

The first step toward bigger harvests is to choose High-Yield Plants and crops that are really quick to grow. Good examples of fast growers include radishes and lettuces. Herbs, spring onions and beets are also good options. High yielding vegetables include courgettes, potatoes and tomatoes.

Fruits are often really High-Yielding for the space and effort they take to grow. Once established, apples, raspberry and black currants can all produce astonishing heavy crops.


Grow Vertically

There is never shortage of vertical space and by growing upwards you can pack a lot more into your High-Yield garden. Cucumbers, climbing peas and beans are just a few examples of crops who will help you fill your space.

Vertical vegetables are also easier to pick. Avoid shadowing smaller crops though, by growing vertical ones.

You can even make use of hanging baskets and planters by attaching them to sturdy walls and fences to pack even more into your garden.


Stagger Spacing

If your space is tight, get clever on how you space larger plants, such as pumpkins and tomatoes. Instead of planting them in a row, you can stagger rows for more efficient use of space.


Start interplanting

Grow two crops in the same piece of ground by mixing slow-growing and fast maturing vegetables. The quick to grow vegetables will be ready to harvest before the slower growing ones. You could put carrots and parsnips in the same row. You could also alternate closely spaced rows of slow growers and fast growers; for example lettuce set in between corn. Take care not to disturb the slower crop, when its time to harvest the quicker one.


Grow in Succession

Keep the harvest coming by planting in succession. As soon as one is finished plant a follow-on crop. This way you can grow two or more vegetables in the same piece of ground each and every season. A typical succession plant could be tomatoes following early carrots or squashes following lettuce, these ones can then be followed by over wintering garlic for example. Watch our video for more examples.

Growing in succession requires quick reactions. Use fast maturing varieties to give yourself the best chances to succeed. It often works best when you can start crops in pots or module trays, so they are ready to plant out as soon as the first crop is done.

Top up the soil with a layer of compost between crops to keep plants well fed and happy.


Extend the season

Don’t forget to extend the season to enjoy more growing time. Hub houses, cold frames or cloches will all raise the temperature around plants. Row covers for example will help to warm and dry out the soil in Spring, allowing sowing or early vegetables, such as salads.

Similarly placing cover over the ground later in the year can extend the season just long enough for one final crop of something like turnip.



These are just a few tips and ideas to start planning your growing season. If you have any top tips that you can offer us let us know in the comments below or head over to our Facebook and Twitter page


Succession Planting: How to Harvest More From Your Vegetable Garden [video]

June 25th, 2017 | The vegetable garden | 0 Comments

Succession Planting - Nation of Gardeners SaladSuccession planting allows you to make the most of your garden, by enjoying multiple harvests from a single patch of ground in any growing season. It takes careful planning and this post will guide you through the process of succession planting.

  • Succession cropping is the sowing/planting of one crop, immediately following an early crop has finished. This particular method of growing increases productivity.
  • Succession planting maintains soil cover from the constant sowing of crops, provides less opportunity for weeds to appear.
  • Many vegetables need only half the growing season to reach harvest. This leaves plenty of fine weather to start a new crop.
  • Vegetables that may finish early enough for a succession crop are; french beans, salads, early potatoes, carrots, onion, garlic and beetroot.
  • After clearing the first crop, clean the ground of any weeds and use a rake to break any clumps.
  • As your previous crop should have been covered with organic matter, your second crop shouldn’t require anymore. But if it does, add compost before sowing or planting.
  • Aim to have your young plants and seeds for second crop in immediately following the removal of first crop seeds.
  • Some crops may be need to be planted from young plants if the growing season in your area is relatively short. You can find our range of vegetable plants here.
  • If you feel the ground is too warm and dry before sowing, you can water the seed drills before sowing. This will cool the ground.

These are just a few tips and tricks on succession planting, the video below offers further detail and a list of plants that are suitable for this method of planting. If you have any tips yourself, do let us know in the comments below or on our social media. 

Succession Planting: How to Harvest More From Your Vegetable Garden