Double Cropping

When desired, herbs may be used as secondary crops to follow such early

vegetables as early cabbage and peas; or, if likely to be needed still

earlier, after radishes, transplanted lettuce and onions grown from

sets. These primary crops, having reached marketable size, are removed,

the ground stirred and the herb plants transplanted from nursery beds or

cold frames.

Often the principal herbs--sage, savory
marjoram and thyme--are set

close together, both the rows and the plants in them being nearer than

recommended further on. The object of such practice is to get several

crops in the following way: When the plants in the rows commence to

crowd one another each alternate plant is removed and sold or cured.

This may perhaps be done a second time. Then when the rows begin to

crowd, each alternate row is removed and the remainder allowed to

develop more fully. The chief advantages of this practice are not only

that several crops may be gathered, but each plant, being supplied with

plenty of room and light, will have fewer yellow or dead leaves than

when crowded. In the diagram the numbers show which plants are removed

first, second, third and last.