Summer heat is here! By now, the peas and radishes have likely all been picked, the cilantro is blooming, the lettuce has bolted, and the spinach is long gone. Don’t 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 few speedy vegetable crops that don’t take 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.
- Cucumbers and summer squash don’t take long to produce fruits when planted in the warm soil of mid-summer.
- Greens that can stand up to heat like chard or kale can grow in place of heat-sensitive lettuce and spinach.
- Radishes add pep to any meal. Many red radishes are ready to eat in as little as 25 days. For something different, try white daikon, watermelon radish, or black Spanish.
- Root crops, including beets, carrots, turnips, and rutabaga can be direct seeded now to give you a fall crop. Consult our Planting Calendar to learn when to plant your fall crops!
- Herbs like basil, dill, and cilantro 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. If you have spots in the garden that need a dash of color, try planting edible flowers like calendula or nasturtiums. Their large seeds germinate fast.
Fill in those gaps for a summer refresh!