Planting a vegetable garden can be a lot of fun. You can watch the plants change from day to day and eventually enjoy your work when they end up on your plate. If you have children a summer vegetable garden is a great way to teach them about nature and responsibility. There are many varieties of vegetables that do best if you plant them in spring. But, there is still time to have a bountiful harvest even if you are just getting started in the summertime. Veggies that you can still plant-even in midsummer-include cucumbers, green beans, carrots, peppers and tomatoes.
You can plant cucumbers as seeds in the summer time and have a harvest in a little less than two months. That is a quick turnaround from seed to harvest. Cucumbers are great in salads for a bright and fresh summertime meal. You can also add fresh cucumbers to water for a hint of extra flavor. Some varieties of cucumbers can be used for pickling and preserve part of your harvest for you to enjoy throughout the year. You need to think about how you want to use the cucumbers as you are deciding which variety to plant. Some are better for fresh consumption while others are better for pickling. You could always plant both varieties this summer to give yourself more options.
Green beans planted in the summer will be ready for harvest in about fifty days. This means in less than two months you can have fresh, garden grown green beans on your plate. You also have the option of canning the green beans you grow for enjoyment throughout the year.
Carrots are a vegetable that you can plant in the summer and enjoy in the fall. If you plant carrot seeds mid-summer you will be enjoying them in the early fall. Planting slightly earlier in the summer may provide you with fresh carrots before the end of summer. You can continue harvesting carrots until the ground gets cold so this is a crop that can provide a consistent yield over time with proper care.
Tomatoes and peppers
Starting tomatoes and peppers from seeds in the summer time will not give you a quick harvest. But, you can get tomato and pepper plants that have already been started and transplant them into your summer garden. Summer is a great time to get good deals on vegetable plants because the spring rush to get plants into the ground is over. If you got started a little late on your tomatoes and peppers then going with plants instead of seeds can get you a harvest before the cold weather sets in.
It is not too late to get a vegetable garden started this summer. The key to success is to choose plant varieties that can handle the heat and will provide a quick yield. The plants mentioned above are examples but the list is by no means exhaustive. There is not a lot of risk in trying out different types of vegetables to see what works in your garden this time of year.