Succession planting in the Pacific Northwest can yield prolific harvests if a little planning is applied. Crop rotation, second sowings, and two harvests of what might commonly be considered a single-harvest crop can be achieved. Many people wonder what to do when the spring season starts to get warmer and their lettuces start to “bolt” upward and go to seed. In my own garden, I found a clever way of utilizing the microclimate around my home to extend my growing season for cold crops that would otherwise be done by mid-May.
For this particular raised bed planter box, I took special advantage of a unique pocket of micro-climate created behind the foundation of my house. On the north side of my house, the thick cement foundation stays cold year-round. It is also nearly constantly shaded, creating a cold area that can be felt standing up to eight feet away from the outside wall of the house. By placing a raised bed right up against the foundation of the house in this location, I am taking advantage of this cool spot for very deliberate gardening purposes.
While my other raised beds are currently being harvested for cold crops like lettuce, here we are in early May, and I’ve just put in a second sowing of cold crops in this new cold box including lettuces, broccoli, brussels and a few gifts from friends that can grow to harvest a second round of cold crops later in the year thanks to the addition of this new, particularly located raised bed.
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