Succession Planting (aka ‘catch-cropping’)

Succession planting ensures second harvests, and maximizes productivity as well as helping keep growing areas weed-free through constant use.

Cultivars needing short growing periods go well, and crops with longer growing periods can be paired with quick-maturing crops such as rocket or spinach.

Second Crops

  • Where the second crop need to be sown before the first crop is ready to harvest, sow in a separate seedbed and transfer straight after harvesting the first crop.
  • Some vegetables are more suitable for growing as a second crop, such as bulb fennel and pak choi and other oriental brassicas, which are less prone to bolting after the longest day.
  • Some are more susceptible to disease as second crops – such as peas and broad beans – and do not produce as well as earlier in the year.


For example:

November > plant broad beans & garlic > in July sow spring cabbage, and kale for overwintering

March > plant early potatoes, lettuce, carrot, beetroot > in July sow French beans, dwarf French Beans, runner beans, swede & celery