I'm enjoying the gradually warming weather, but I know my spring vegetables don't share my enthusiasm for hot sunshine. All too soon, the spinach and lettuce will begin experiencing regular afternoon fainting spells. It is sad when those first beautiful crops of spring suddenly bolt to flower. I try my best to forestall it, with lots of water and frequent picking, but eventually they will give out. With limited space and a big appetite, I'm continually re-seeding any spot that opens up in the garden. I use a combination of succession seeding, planting multiple varieties that mature at successive times and intercropping, or planting 2 vegetables in the same spot and harvesting the quick grower as the slow poke begins to fill out. Two great ways to squeeze more out of your garden.
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