Summer is that time of year when you can start thinking about starting your own garden full of summer vegetables. It’s time to get those fresh vegetables out of the ground before it gets too hot to eat! But how should you go about getting started? Should you buy seeds or start with a small garden? Here’s a little advice to get you started.
If you’re growing your vegetables from seed, you’ll have to do a bit of preparation even before the hot summer heat kicks up. Plant the seeds in shallow holes in your earth, about a month prior to you plan on taking them outdoors. Not every vegetable grows well in the exact same soil, so don’t forget to do your homework on each of your chosen vegetables to ensure they’re in the soil they prefer the most before planting them. One vegetable that does well in both soils is squash, and you should be able to find squash seeds at any nursery or garden store. If not, go online and do a search for “squash seeds” or “plants for growing squash”.
Another consideration is the time of year where you’re planning to plant your seeds. All vegetables are better off planted in partial shade, which is also true of melons. Growing your vegetables under the hot sun is almost guaranteed to result in wilted plants and dead leaves. Try to avoid hot months when it’s cool outside, as this can also kill your vegetable crops. Cool months in the garden are usually best for planting your seeds.
When considering seeds and plants for growing vegetables, you have a wide array of choices. There are a few ways to get started with this activity. You could start small by growing a few seedlings yourself. Purchase some small pots or tubs of dirt at a nursery, and set aside one Saturday in late May or early June to begin preparing your garden for the new summer crops.
Most seed packets or starter plants will tell you the correct time of year to plant various types of vegetables, depending on what they prefer. For example, sweet corn prefers a warm, sunny location, but a hardy variety like zucchini will do well in a shaded area as well. Another way to narrow down your choices for the best summer vegetables is by picking the ones that best complement each other. For example, squash and tomato plants should be planted together if you want to achieve a true garden effect.
If you’re looking for fast-growing vegetables, you’ll probably want to try an indoor vegetable garden. This is especially good news for those who live in a temperate climate where the vegetables can be enjoyed all year around. In addition to vegetables, there are many other plants that can be planted successfully in containers. Lemongrass, beans, cucumbers, lettuce, and radishes are only a few examples of how containers can be used to bring a little life to a kitchen garden. While it may be easier to grow your favorite vegetables in a regular garden, there are few arguments against growing vegetables in containers.
One great thing about growing green onions, spinach, and beets is that most of them will grow well in a range of containers including thin metal, cardboard, or terracotta film. These three vegetables also grow well with a variety of soil types including sand, compost, cocoamid, loam, and rock. These three veggies also do well with manure and fish emulsion. On the contrary, red radishes, summer squash, and sweet peas should be growing in their own separate pots to prevent them from competing with each other. They also don’t need frequent watering since they’re quite drought tolerant, but you can water them every couple of weeks to keep them healthy.
If you’re planning on starting your summer garden with beets, radishes, or sweet peas, start planting vegetables early in the season as the weather starts to become cooler. If you start to plant these vegetables late in the summer, you risk the following: frost, loss of color, and stunted growth due to lack of water. The best time for these plants is approximately two weeks before the last week of summer temperatures. In addition, try not to plant tomatoes during the hot, dry summers as this will be a problem for them as well.