Nothing screams “summer” more than the lush garden full of flowers ready for harvest. Find out which plants thrive in the heat of summer. You will also learn suggestions and tips on ensuring that your garden remains full of flowers. Find out the best plants to plant alongside every one of your summer favorites to help encourage growth and resist diseases. Bring out your garden trowel and tiller to cultivate these vegetables:
Cucumbers are prolific growers and are great for eating from the vine for salads, tossing into salads, or picking. Try traditional, burp-free, or other varieties that are difficult to find in the grocery store. Persian cucumbers, lemon cucumbers, cucamelons, and Persian cucumbers are fantastic. Cucamelons, which are actually the gherkin, aren’t real cucumbers, but they are grown similarly. They are tough and cute and have a hefty crunch due to their small size. Cucumbers can climb a trellis with an a-frame as well as climb up an arbor. Plant them in fertile soil with full sunshine in the spring, and water them regularly for the long summer harvests. Corn is among the best companion plants for cucumbers. Beans and peas can also be used to inspire your cucumbers to succeed.
What would a garden in the summer include without tomatoes? Both go hand in hand. Plant salad tomatoes such as “Sun Gold” or “Sweet 100’s’ to pick and eat. The beefsteak tomatoes work great to slice. Tomatoes like Romas and heirloom varieties like ‘Black Vernissage’ are ideal for roasting, soups, and sauces. The majority of tomatoes require a lengthy period of growth with lots of sun and heat minimum of 6-8 hours per day. Certain varieties of bush and patio tomatoes are able to grow for shorter periods. It is recommended to start planting tomatoes as early as the weather is warm in spring to ensure that you will have a large crop in August. The tomatoes thrive when planted in conjunction with marigolds, basil and chives, and other companion plants.
Peppers can be grown side-by-side with tomatoes and eggplants due to their similar needs for growing. They all require full sunlight, rich soil, and consistent, deep watering. To ensure that your peppers are properly hydrated, use the bubbler or a Thumb Control Watering Nozzle. It is important to the water near the soil level whenever you can to stop soil-borne diseases from splashing onto lower leaves. Plant varieties for your patio sweet or hot peppers that can be added to salsas and pizzas or roast. Alongside the tomatoes and eggplant plants, peppers can also be planted near squash, carrots, radishes, and other Allium family vegetables (such as garlic and onions).
Sorrels, such as the French Red-veined species referred to by the name ‘Raspberry Dressing,’ are perennials that can withstand cold and provide greens through the hottest months of summer. They look stunning when they grow and offer a refreshing, tangy flavor in soups and salads. You can plant them in the backyard or an area where they will be re-established each year. Set them up strategically to take advantage of their beautiful foliage. There are many companion plants for squirrels, and it is a great choice to plant near tomatoes, strawberries, and cabbage.
Sweet potatoes vary from normal potatoes in that they prefer warm weather and soil. They are sensitive to cold and are best planted approximately a month after the date of the last frost. So long as both the days and the soil remain warm, sweet potatoes are simple to cultivate and will swiftly grow into many beautiful vines that can extend as far as you want them to. Plant them in soil that is well-drained with compost in the mix. Sweet potatoes thrive near parsnips, thyme, or dill. Avoid planting them near squash, as the vines can spread and create overcrowding.