How Food Grows: Successional Sowing

Part 8: Successional Sowing

Succession sowing is a transformative method of growing as it changes the way we think about growing food. While sowing is normally seen as the monumental first step of growing that is only done at the beginning  this usually isn’t the case. Plenty of veg can and should be sown successionally (little and often) so that these veg can be enjoyed regularly throughout the harvesting season. There are tons of benefits to succession sowing, not only does it give you continuously fresh veg, it also naturally improves your sowing skills. ‘Sow’ you’ll be an expert in no time!


Follow up from your routine jobs and check on all your veg. Thin, weed and manage those pests again where necessary.

If your basil plants are growing upwards cut the tip of the plant (which you can eat). This will encourage the plant to become bushier rather than taller.


  • Cut your rocket leaves down to the base for harvesting. Once you’ve done this your rocket should hopefully grow back a second and even a third time.
  • Pull your oriental greens and radish out of the soil to harvest.
  • Thin out your perpetual spinach leaving 30 com between each plant (usually 3 per row if you’re growing in a raised bed). Your thinned out plants should make a lovely baby spinach


  • Sow your next batch of oriental greens and radish and cover them over with soil.
  • Sow your next batch of beetroot and lettuce into module trays.

Top Tips

  • Make sure to follow our seed sowing guide from episode 1 when sowing your veg again.
  • Now that you have become more familiar and comfortable with growing we encourage you to teach others how to grow too.
  • Show kids how to sow. The great thing about succession sowing is the ability to introduce others how to sow. This is a fantastic life skill to teach any kid so be sure to get them involved if you can.
  • If you’re getting kids involved why not grow something entirely new? Cress is a great beginner veg and will grow relatively easy so give it a grow!

Helpful Resources


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