We often think of spring as the time to plant gardens but if you haven’t started yet and still want to try your hand at growing something it’s not too late. There are actually a few categories that do great when planted this time of year so brave the heat and start a garden that you will enjoy well into the fall and winter.
Since fall is coming sooner than the heat would lead us to believe, you want to make sure you plant things that mature quickly so they can be harvested before it gets too cold. Herbs such as parsley, basil, oregano, mint and cilantro are notorious for growing very quickly which makes them ideal for a summer garden. In fact they grow so quickly that they will even take over your garden so make sure you sink a large bucket before planting them to keep your herbs contained.
Another solution to planting so close to harvest is to find plants that don’t need to mature completely. The University of Minnesota Extensions website reports that leafy greens often taste better when harvested before they are fully grown, so they are perfect for planting late in the season. Try some kale, spinach, and mustard greens for delicious summer salads.
B’s and C’s
A few vegetables like to start out in late summer, too and an easy way to remember is the “B’s and C’s”. According to Urban Farmer, beans, broccoli and also beetroot as well as carrots, corn and cucumbers all do well when planted in late July. So don’t wait any longer, get out your trowel and watering can and grow some summer loving crops!