Summer is on its’ way and for many people that means more time spent outdoors entertaining. How nice would it be to have fresh vegetables from your garden for those summer nights you spend grilling outside? But, figuring out the right timing for planting a garden can be tricky because it can vary based on a number of factors. Is it necessary to have your garden in the ground by early spring in order to have fresh vegetables this summer? If you do not have it started already is it too late to plant one now? If you want to have a vegetable garden but have yet to start there are some options.
Learn about your plant hardiness zone
Vegetables have to be planted at different times of the year depending on where you live. There is a map called the plant hardiness zone that can provide you with information about your zone. When you buy seeds they typically have information about the plant hardiness zones on the package. This information is important because it tells you the optimum time of year to plant the vegetables for your area. If you have a specific type of vegetable you want to plant look up the plant hardiness information. You could find that you did not miss the cutoff for getting it into the ground.
Get plants that have already been started
It is possible that you missed the boat when it comes to starting some types of vegetables from seeds. But that does not mean you need to completely give up your dream of having a garden. You can find plants that have already been started at your local hardware store or nursery. Oftentimes you can find vegetable plants in various stages of growth. These are a great option if you are starting late because the plants are already established and can be transplanted relatively easily.
Consider indoor plants
If you want herbs to be a part of your garden then you should consider indoor plants. The weather on the outside of the house does not matter for indoor plants so you can start growing your kitchen herb garden now. There are a number of herbs that you can grow inside and then you simply pull some off whenever a recipe calls for that herb. Herbs such as basil, oregano, and parsley will do fine inside your home at any time during the year. Simply make sure and give them the appropriate amount of sunlight and water.
A vegetable garden can be a lot of fun for you and your family. You will have fresh, healthy food available steps away from your door. Even if you think you have waited too long to start a vegetable garden this year you may find that you still have some options.