Did you know that Beans rival Zucchini for abundant harvests? It's true~if you plant a row of Bush Beans or a Pole Bean tepee or two, expect to be picking Beans every day for weeks on end. You'll have plenty for family dinners and and to freeze for winter, when the taste of homegrown Beans can bring back the summer sun in a single bite. In fact, The sheer abundance of a Bean harvest is just one of the reasons they're one of America's most popular vegetables to grow, second only to the Tomato.
Mid-summer is the perfect time to sow a new crop of Beans. A July planting. So do some now, and again in July.
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Too late to plant a vegetable garden?
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This is something beginners believe…that they’ve missed the opportunity to have a vegetable garden once Memorial Day has passed. I’ll admit that I’m a little behind on my planting this year. My wonky spring work schedule followed by the rain has thrown me off a little but there’s still plenty of time to plant and harvest vegetables. In fact, I just got my last two tomato plants in just yesterday…no big deal since they were growing in their pots all along. At least now I can stop worrying about them drying out now that they’re all tucked into the garden.
If you spend some time with the vegetable schedule (part 2 here) you’ll soon see that vegetables aren’t something that you “plant in the spring and harvest in the fall”. There is a huge planting season that won’t even start until June and into July.
As our early crops of spinach, lettuce and others bolt in the summer’s heat, it is time to rip them out to open up space for the crop we sow in summer. Here’s a little list of “mid summer sowers” and you can refer to your Vegetable Schedule for even more. It is easy to forget the garden in summer but this is your best opportunity to really take advantage of summer heat to get fall crops up quickly for a large fall harvest. Many cool season greens that mature in September taste better than their spring counterparts so summer sowing is a huge opportunity.
• Basil-Sow seeds late June through late July.
• Beans-Sow seeds of quick varieties (generally bush types) until 3rd week of July.
• Broccoli-Sow seeds until mid July.
• Brussels Sprouts-Sow seeds until mid July.
• Cabbage-Plant transplants through mid July.
• Carrots-Sow seeds through mid July.
• Collards-Plant transplants until August 1st.
• Dill-Sow seeds late July to early August.
• Escarole, endive-Sow seeds early July through August.
• Kale-Sow seeds through first week of August.
• Kohlrabi-Sow seeds through first week of August.
• Lettuce-Sow in groups two weeks apart from mid July through September 1st. •
• Mustard-Sow seeds mid July to mid August.
• Parsley-Sow seeds mid June through mid August.
• Peas-Sow seeds in early to mid July.
• Radish-Sow seeds mid July to early September at two week intervals.
• Spinach-Sow seeds late July to early August.
• Summer squash-Sow seeds until mid July.
• Turnip-Sow seeds late June to early August.
Seed packs are cheap so play around with them. There are plenty at the garden center so take some time to read the backs. Pay attention to the “days to harvest” information. As of now we have at least 100 days left until frost. You can have a crop of beans in harvest in 50 to 60 days or radishes in less than 30! Many crops like Brussels Sprouts and Swiss Chard aren’t bothered by frost and can be harvested into October most years.
I have to say that there really isn’t anything at all difficult about starting seeds directly in the garden…much easier than starting seeds indoors in winter. Some seeds like tomatoes and peppers must be started inside in March but the real value (savings) to be gained from vegetable gardening is from crops that we seed directly in the garden. Lettuce and all the other greens like chard and spinach are good examples. Radishes are also very rewarding since you can sow a row every two weeks and they grow and mature in less than a month.
Let’s take a look at beans…according to the vegetable schedule you can start sowing them in early May or anytime through the third week of July. As you can see, there’s plenty of time to start a crop or two of beans.
taken from https://blog.timesunion.com/gardening/think-its-too-late-to-plant-a-vegetable-garden-think-again
till next time this is Becky Litterer, Becky's Greenhouse Dougherty Iowa email@example.com