How do I know what to plant after tomatoes
February 21, 2017
Succession planting can be confusing for many people, or alternatively completely overlooked. I tend to have a pretty casual approach to it but as my garden ages and my planting increases it is something I know requires more of my attention and better planning to avoid soil issues and to ensure my plants are not depleting the soil unnecessarily.
Summer is drawing to a close, I am disappointed as it is my favourite season in the garden and this year it feels like it barely arrived. We certainly didn’t experience the heat extremes of the past few summers. In fact, it has been the opposite. I have worn a jumper more days than I’d have liked this year and an increasing number of evenings this month have required a throw rug.
Before deciding what to plant after your summer tomatoes, how do you know when it’s time for the ones you have to be removed?
When do you remove the plants of the current season to make way for new season plants?
The answer: It depends on your garden so follow these tips and apply them to your garden to find the answer that is relevant to you and your growing space.
These signs indicate it is time for your tomato plants to be removed:
Things to consider before removing your current season plants:
Have you thought about what to plant after the tomatoes and other summer plants you currently have growing? Many of the summer plants, including tomatoes, are heavy feeders.
Your vegetable garden will benefit from a rest after summer by adding light feeding plants for Autumn in the garden beds that had been occupied by tomatoes and zucchini.
Avoid adding broccoli, or cauliflower to the garden beds, they are heavy feeders.
Other plants that are suited to planting after tomatoes include:
Try to keep the plants of the same family together in garden beds if you have the luxury of many beds. This makes it much easier to rotate the plants and their feeding requirements each season. A mixed, ad hoc addition of many plant varieties all together make it much trickier to manage a rotation and soil management.
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