It’s time to switch things up in the garden and grow new vegetable crops. Whether you're a seasoned or beginning gardener, you'll find a variety of vegetables to please your palate and fit your summer garden. Summer garden vegetables are planted throughout the summer months and are ready for harvest during the fall.
Beans make a healthy addition to summer salads and side dishes. Beans are easily grown from seeds, and require between 40 and 60 days to maturity. Plant fava beans throughout the summer months in neighborhoods that receive large amounts of fog. Runner beans are best planted during the months of June and July. To save space in your garden, grow beans vertically, using twine, stakes or trellises, to make room for additional summer vegetables.
Eggplant and Tomatoes
The time to plant eggplant is usually during the late spring. However, eggplant grows well when planted through the month of June, as long as your neighborhood is not too foggy. They are best grown from seedlings rather than seeds. Similarly, tomatoes grow well from seedlings when planted throughout the month of June, except in foggy neighborhoods. Both these crops require between 60 and 80 days before they begin to produce.
Tomatoes and eggplants are members of the nightshade plant family. Do not place these two in the same planting space. Tomatoes and eggplants share similar pests that often mean devastation for your crops when planted in close proximity. Instead, plant tomatoes with herbs such as sweet basil, which tomato worms avoid.
Carrots, Cucumber and Corn
The month of June lends itself to growing cucumbers and sweet corn. Sweet corn takes between 60 and 95 days to reach maturity. Slicing cucumbers take approximately 60 to 75 days, while the pickling varieties require 50 to 60 days.
Grow carrots from seed throughout the summer months; however, be careful when planting carrots in foggy neighborhoods during the month of July. Carrots take 120 to 150 days to reach maturity.
Peppers, Pumpkins and Squashes
Peppers add flavor and spice to your summer vegetable garden. Peppers are best grown from seedlings. While most peppers are planted during the spring, planting can continue up through the month of June to ensure fresh peppers all summer long. Start summer squashes in your garden as early as May, but also planted throughout the months of June and July. Get a jump-start on the fall by planting pumpkins and winter squashes in June. These vegetables take up to 100 or more days to reach maturity, just in time for the fall season.
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