As the summer approaches, it’s time to switch things up in the garden and grow new vegetable crops. Whether you’re a seasoned or a beginner gardener, you’ll find a variety of vegetables to please your palate and fit your summer garden and kitchen needs.
Summer garden vegetables are planted throughout the summer months and are ready for harvest during the fall.
Here are some crops are grown in the summer season in Texas!
Beans provide amino acids, which are the chemicals that combine to form protein and help build muscle. Which is why beans make a healthy addition to summer salads and side dishes. These 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 or humidity. Runner beans are best planted during June and July. Save some space by growing your beans vertically with the use of twine, stakes or trellises to make room for additional summer vegetables.
Eggplant and Tomatoes
The best time to grow an eggplant is usually during the late spring. However, eggplant grows well when planted through 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 June, just like eggplants. Both these crops begin to produce between 60 and 80 days.
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 nearby. Instead, plant tomatoes with herbs such as sweet basil, which tomato worms avoid.
Carrots, Cucumber, and Corn
June lends itself to grow cucumbers and sweet corn. Sweet corn takes between 60 and 95 days to reach maturity while slicing cucumbers take approximately 60 to 75 days. Though the pickling varieties require 50 to 60 days shorter than the sweet corn and slicing cucumbers.
Grow carrots from seed throughout the summer months; however, be careful when planting carrots in foggy neighborhoods during July. Carrots take up to 120 to 150 days to reach maturity.
Peppers, Pumpkins, and Squashes
Peppers can add spice and flavor to your summer vegetable garden. They are best grown from seedlings. While most of them are planted during the spring, farming can continue up through June to ensure fresh peppers all summer long.
Start summer squashes in your garden as early as May, but also planted throughout June and July. Get a head-start on the fall by planting winter squashes and pumpkins in June. These vegetables take up to 100 or more days to reach maturity, just in time for the fall season. When narrowing down your options, you can also add summer vegetables to grow in pots as planning according to the season is critical. Pick plants that will have a second growing season so that you can make use of the Texas conditions.
Keeping track of which plants grow and when in the Texas seasons will allow you to take advantage of the garden year-round.
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