You may have just finished planting your summer garden or you’re in the preparation phase, so thinking about a second garden may seem too early. It isn’t. As soon as you plant that last seed for your summer garden, it’s time to star planning the second one.
Who Needs a Second Garden?
Everyone should have a second garden. There are many things that can happen to your first garden and if you don’t have a second one coming up behind the first one, you just may not have the type of food for storing that you hoped.
Second Gardens Valuable Against Loss
There are many reasons a first garden may not give you the yield you planned on reaping. These can range from weather related losses to insect infestations.
If you have a small garden that you can water and save much of your crop, there is the irregularity of watering that can cause vegetable damage, such as tomatoes splitting. These can be used, but often the splitting allows pathogens to enter the tomato.
Blight and Diseases
Blight or other diseases can also wreak havoc on your garden vegetable. Some crops simply have to be dug up and burned to prevent the disease from spreading, such as those infect with a mosaic virus. These are set backs that you can’t predict, but you can have a plan B ready to implement, aka a second garden.
Drought and Loss of Crops
A summer drought can mean the loss of crops. If you don’t have a way to water your garden during a drought, you very likely will loose much of your yield. Stunted growth and the dying back of crops can be very disappointing when you were counting on a healthy productive summer garden.
Too Much Rain
There have been many instances of the summer season being unusually wet. When there is too much rain, crops can suffer from root rot. This can be disheartening, especially if you’ve nurtured your plants and watched in anticipation as the tomatoes formed and grew.
Root Rot from Too Much Water
Root rot needs to be contained, so the typical treatment is to pull up all the infected plants and burn. Once root rot sets in, there’s no way you can salvage the tomatoes from a plant failing from root rot. The tomatoes will be watery, tasteless and infected.
Insect Destruction of Vegetables
When there is ample rain for an abundant crop, there can also be an abundance of insects. While the adage that healthy plants can resists insects, a crop besieged, healthy or otherwise will suffer. Some pests descend on plants and work so quickly that you may not discover the damage until it’s too late.
One year, we had several beautiful parsley plants that were huge and full. Overnight these plants went from photo worthy to leafless stems thanks to what’s commonly called green worms. This is a misnomer for the black swallowtail butterfly larva. We left the larva alone, so we could later enjoy the beautiful butterflies they later became. However, if you can’t get an infestation under control and lose your crop, a second garden will certainly be a blessing.
Deer, Raccoon and Other Pests
Nocturnal visitors can also take the form of a four-legged kind. If you haven’t invested in a fence or other defense against these garden invaders, then a second garden can help to offset any loss these munchers cause.
Second Garden Yields Help Food Chest
If you’re going for a big yield and storage of your summer garden, then a second garden is the best way to double if not triple your crop yield. Depending on the length of your growing season and available garden space, you can plant a second garden. Some people even plant a third garden with cool weather crops.
Planning for the Value of Growing Second Gardens
The key to having a successful gardening season is to plan ahead. If you plan for a second garden you can double your chances of producing enough food to carry your family through the winter months and possibly beyond.