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

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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