Plan your late summer vegetable garden plantation now!
Yep! Many busy schedules, practical life hassles, work commitments, and what not, do keep us away from the vegetable garden we love and forget to do our planting.
By the end of July and up in the beginning of August, we could still plant some wonderful vegetables and get a good harvest too. For example, some cherry tomatoes, types of green beans, melons etc.
Also, planning for some cool weather veggies right now, is a good idea too. This will help you extend your late summer planted vegetable garden to be extended upto the fall weather time, and have a wholesome harvest of yummy veggies.
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……….. There are still plenty of yummy veggies you can get planted now (in mid to late June) and get a nice harvest before the summer ends.
Let’s talk about what you can still get planted now and also talk about a few things that you can wait on and plant in about 5 or 6 weeks (Around August 1st for most of us).
…….. Summer or Warm Season Veggies in Your Summer Vegetable Garden
…………….No summer garden is complete without a few tomato plants and you can still get some in.
This late in the year you want to be thinking about smaller, quicker maturing varieties. Try some type of cherry tomato (varieties to look for include Sun Sugar, and Sweet 100).
Zucchini and yellow crook neck squash are actually quite fast growing. Look for varieties that have a maturity date of around 60 to 70 days ……….
………..Most bush type green beans have a maturity date of around 60 to 70 days, so there is plenty of summer left for beans. ……….
……….. But choose the small “ice box” types as those take much less time to mature.
……..If you can find the seed still around at your local nurseries, there is time to grow a nice crop of potatoes. ………
…….Cucumbers are a good late season planter.
………If you can still find a package of onion sets at your local nursery, they will do okay this time of year..
Cool Weather Veggies
………. A good, solid summer vegetable garden can extend into the cooler months, if you jump on it now!
………Broccoli, cabbage, kale, and kohlrabi. If you grow your own seedlings, mid June is a good time to start a fall crop of all these yummy cool season veggies.
You can start replanting lettuce about 6 to 8 weeks before your first frost (for us that’s August 1 – 15). Fall planted lettuce can last unprotected in your garden until early December, depending on where you live.
Most people see spinach as a spring only crop, but it does very well in the fall! Again look at planting about 6 weeks before your first frost and you will be able to start harvesting in late October. Then cover those plants with a cold frame or hoop house and they will over winter for an extra early spring crop.
Carrots, turnips, beets and radishes all do well in the fall and you can start replanting them around 6 weeks before your last frost.
So as you can see, all is not lost for your summer garden! Get out there this weekend to put some seeds and plants in your garden so you can still have an awesome harvest this year!
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Guest Post by Rick Stone of www.ourstoneyacres.com on http://thesurvivalmom.com.