Many people do complain about the negative effect of summer on their gardens. This has made a lot of people who are living in areas with long periods of summer to lose interest in farming. However, this is completely because of some level of ignorance. There are some plants and vegetables that thrive well in summer and sunny conditions. If you are looking for vegetables to grow during summer, these should be the ones you must consider.
There are some vegetables that are regarded as warm season vegetables, and this is because these require longer daytime and warmer temperature to thrive. The difference here is that while vegetables like broccoli and lettuce will revel in huge moisture and rain, these summer season vegetables do not tolerate frost. Because of this, they tend to sulk when left in cold soil. Longer periods of sunlight and warm soil are needed by these.
Because of the mentioned conditions, you must ensure that these vegetables are planted when the last frost has been experienced in your area, and the temperature is no longer freezing. By this time, the soil is now warm enough for the germination of these seeds.
This is perhaps the most popular vegetable to plant during summer. Tomato is so popular that almost every home makes use of tomatoes at least once in two days. You need to start growing them indoors where you will allow them to germinate. You need to do this about 5 to 6 weeks before the end of spring, so that you can set them out immediately it is summer.
This is the next in the scale of popularity. The truth is that okra vegetable is in love with hot weather. If you want this to thrive for you, you have to plant it in an environment with very rich soils and where it will have access to full sun. You also have to do the nursery inside, so as to bring it out at the arrival of summer. It is directly sown into the soil.
The next is the cucumbers. I personally regard this as the vegetable of the north. They are in need of full sun to thrive. Other things you must make available to the summer time cucumber are the good amount of water (at least an inch per week), a very rich soil and the traditional insects to pollinate it. The species that thrive in the summer includes the vinning and trellis species.
This is another vegetable that thrives well in summer. However, this one gets along with full summer, so you are advised to give a gap of at least two weeks or more after the last froze of spring before you plant the peppers. However, the soil has to be rich and drained, with access to full sun and regular moisture.
Summer Squash and Zucchini
This also thrives well in the summer. However, one thing you must observe is that this does not do well when transplanted. Because of this, you have to sow this directly into the soil, but that should be after the end of the spring froze.
This is another vegetable that thrives well in the summer. This is because it needs a lot of warm conditions to survive. The full sun is a very big requirement of this plant, and you must not be too fast in planting this. Allow some 3 to 4 weeks after the arrival of summer before you plant.
This is another summer plant for you. This seems to run off from the vegetable class, but it can still fit in here. You can plant a lot of beans during summer. Plant them after every month, to make sure you have the steady harvest. However, you must allow the temperature of the soil to get to about 60 degrees F. for this to survive.
There is also the Corn, which is another summer time plant you can explore. The thing about this is that it does not only require sun and warm soil. It also thrives in space, and so you have to allow enough space. The fact that the pollen in corn is carried by the wind from the tassels to the silks makes the windy summer the perfect time for this.
However, apart from the aforementioned, there are many other vegetables that you can plant during the summer time. They include Apples, Apricots, Avocados, Basil, Carrots, Garlic, Figs, Green onions, Lemongrass, Lettuce, and Limes.
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