There are some plants that just won't make it all season and need to be replanted. I've subbed out some pansies that were planted on March 17th with shade loving annuals. To the right is my third crop of lettuce, the variety is 'Amish Deer Tongue.' It's one of my favorites and it fairs pretty well in the summer.
Cool weather crops like lettuce and spinach often bolt and go to seed. Once they do, the leaves become bitter and aren't very tasty. I want lettuce when the tomatoes are ready in another month or so I'm throwing some seed down every few weeks.
The snow peas were great, but 85 degree days will burn them up. I tear them out, lay down some compost and put something else in that will thrive in the heat like bush beans.
The trick to having a long season, from March to November or later, is succession planting. When one plant is done, it's substituted with another best suited for the temperatures. For me, it's one of the joys of gardening. For others it might seem like a pain, I guess it's all the way you look at it.
Yesterday on my way back from assignment in Greene County I stumbled onto Douglass Greenhouse. Douglass is my mother's maiden name, my first name and my son's middle name, so there was no way I was just driving by. I wondered about the unusual spelling, that's rarely seen. I guess it's just part of my nostalgic nature to have a special feeling when I run across places like that.
They had all their annuals, vegetables and annual containers half off. The original owners had sold out, so I couldn't get any information on their family, but I got a couple flats of annuals to plug into the garden where others have faltered.
I headed home for a Father's Day feast with two boxes of plants in the back of the truck that somehow had a special meaning. I called my mom as soon as I got home with memories of my own father who passed away a few years ago.
I didn't get any of them planted, I will later today.
When I look at the double impatiens, I'll think of my parents and all they did to raise our family.
That's just one reason the garden is a special place.
Here's a video all about succession planting.