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What To Plant With A Late Start In The Garden

Were you really busy this spring? Maybe you had plans to plant a great vegetable garden, but it just never happened. No worries! There are vegetables you can plant at the end of June so you can still enjoy a flourishing garden this year.

Vegetables to Plant When You Get a Late Start

When looking for vegetables to plant in late June, I suggest you choose some that grow very quickly. In short, as the Rolling Stones would say, you want time on your side! For example, green beans mature in about 60 or 70 days. Beets mature in 45 to 60 days, while radishes mature in just 21 days.

Another tip to keep in mind is to plant smaller versions of traditional garden vegetables. For instance, cherry tomatoes are ideal for planting in late June. They are small and take less time to mature compared to a collection of beefsteak tomatoes. Also, go with small roasting potatoes in your garden as opposed to large baking potatoes. You can still grow your favorites at this time of year, but in smaller sizes.

Other fast-growing vegetables to consider for June include:

  • Cucumbers
  • Small onions
  • Yellow crookneck squash
  • Carrots

Try Some Cool-Weather Veggies

Another idea is to plant the seeds of some cool-weather vegetables in containers and keep them indoors. Cabbage, kale, spinach, peas, and broccoli are some good cold-weather veggies to start now. In August, you can transplant the seedlings into your garden. After going into your garden in August, they should be flourishing in October. Remember, these vegetables would not be suitable for planting in your garden in late June: They do not do well in the summer heat.

Seedlings vs. Seeds at This Time of Year

It’s best to go with seedlings for many types of vegetables in late June. For instance, it’s a bit late to start your tomato plants from seeds. Find tomato plants with developed vines so they already have a head start before they go into your garden. Some fast-growing vegetables you can grow by planting seeds at this time of year include mustard greens, beets, cucumbers, and beans.

Consider Your Planting Zone

Locating where you live on the plant hardiness zone map is the quickest way to find out exactly what you can successfully plant in late June. For instance, if you live in zone 7 on the plant hardiness map, you can plant cabbage, carrots, cucumbers, and summer squash at this time of year. Pinpointing your place on this helpful map increases your chances of planting a successful garden in late June.

Tips for Gardening on Hot Summer Days

One of the best parts of mid-to-late-summer gardening is getting out in the sunshine. It’s a great way to spend an afternoon. I like to take in all the wonderful sounds of summer. To keep cool while you garden, try moistening a towel with cool water to put on your neck as you work. Wear a hat with a floppy brim to protect your face and neck from the heat of the sun. Or keep a small spray bottle handy and give yourself a spritz with cool water every 20 minutes or so.

Get outside and have some fun in your garden. You have a whole lot of summer left to enjoy! Thanks for reading. – Alan

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