Planting a Summer Vegetable Garden

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This article provides tips for planting a summer vegetable garden.
by Bella James · All Zones · Growing Basics · 0 Comments · June 10, 2015 · 2,646 views

When the cool season ends and the warm season settles in it's the time when many gardeners think of watermelon, [pepper] mint juleps, grilled peppers and cucumber salads. Whether you're a seasoned or beginning gardener, you can always find a variety of vegetable seedlings and seed packs at Wilson Bros Nursery during the planting season. Summer garden vegetables are planted throughout the summer months and are ready for harvest during the fall. The month of June is a great time to grow cucumbers, sweet corn, peppers, eggplants and tomatoes.

Cucumbers and Carrots
Slicing cucumbers take approximately 60 to 75 days, while the pickling varieties require 50 to 60 days. Sweet corn takes between 60 and 95 days to reach maturity. Carrots can be grown from seed throughout the summer months; however, carrots may not do as well in areas where there’s a lot of fog during the month of July. Carrots take 120 to 150 days to reach maturity.

Peppers not only add flavor and spice to your summer vegetable garden, they also add color when the fruits ripen. 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. There are several varieties to choose from, including Tabasco, Gypsy, California Wonder, Chocolate pepper, and Black Beauty.

Eggplant and Tomatoes
Although the best time to plant eggplant is usually during the late spring; eggplant grows well when planted through the month of June. They are best grown from seedlings rather than seeds. Tomatoes grow well from seedlings when planted throughout the month of June. 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 plants in the same planting space. Tomatoes and eggplants share similar pests that often lead to the destruction of your crops when planted close to each other. Instead, plant tomatoes with herbs such as sweet basil, which tomato worms avoid.


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