It’s Almost Time to Plant Warm Weather Crops.
These plants do best when the weather and soil has warmed up, they love the heat and want nothing to do with frost, not even a light one. You know these vegetables as the summer group, soaking up the heat and maturing later in the season
Most of these warm weather crops are planted directly into the ground. Some don’t like to have their roots disturbed and should only be planted that way.
The first thing to know is when to plant summer crops. If you want to get a jump on the season you should start the seeds 6-8 weeks before your last frost date. Fortunately, if you haven’t begun seeds, you can find them available as starts in your local nursery. Just make sure that you give them protection from frost until it is time to plant outdoors.
Next thing to know is when to harvest. Most of these warm weather crops will be in the ground for 75-100 days until maturity. They will make their greatest jump in size once the weather turns hot. Even though they take up a lot of real estate in the garden, you will most likely be able to harvest a few times during the season.
You will be in canning heaven all fall season!
Which crops love the summer heat? We’ve taken the time to name them:
- Corn* (succession planting is possible, does not like its roots disturbed)
- Beans – Snap
- Beans – Lima
- Pepper – Sweet
- Pepper – Hot
- Summer Squash (Zucchini, Yellow Crookneck)
- Sunflower (does not like its roots disturbed)
- Sweet Potato (does not like its roots disturbed)
- Winter Squash – Hubbard, Acorn, Banana, Delicata, Butternut
Need to make some space in your garden for these summer picks? Check out GardeningKnowHow’s list of What to Harvest During the Summer.
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