By this time of year, the spring crop of radishes have likely all been picked, it’s too hot for snap peas, and the cilantro is blooming. Here are a few speedy vegetables to plant in early summer!
As you harvest any spring crops, do not let those gaps in the garden sit empty; they’ll only fill up with weeds! To get the most from your garden, break out the seeds and pop in a few wherever you find an open spot.
Here are a summer vegetables that don’t take too long to mature. In late summer, as your spring-planted veggies are winding down, these new recruits will still be going strong.
Vegetables to Plant in Summer
Bush beans are perfect for an early- to mid-summer planting. Many varieties mature in 50 to 60 days and will supply you with tender new beans until frost takes them out in the fall.
Herbslike basil, dill, andcilantro don’t take long to grow enough leaves to pick for garnishing summer meals and can be planted at 2-week intervals throughout the summer. Nothing beats the flavor of dill on new potatoes, a chiffonade of basil on pasta salad, or fresh cilantro in your favorite salsa.
Bees and other beneficial insects will enjoy the calendula flowers too!
Flowers are food for the soul—and the pollinators! If you have spots in the garden that need a dash of color, try planting edible flowers like calendulaornasturtiums. Their large seeds germinate fast.
Fill in all those spring gaps for a summer refresh!