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Tips for Early Summer Planting

Updated on June 21, 2012

I planted my tomatoes a few weeks back and am just beginning to get some nice looking pieces of fruit. I am impressed to say in the least as my previous attempt at growing lettuce, carrots, radishes and cucumbers was a disaster with only the radishes producing anything to be proud of. This time around, I decided to do some proper research and was glad I did.

The other day I was checking out my brother in laws garden. He has both an outdoor one and a greenhouse. His cucumber plants are over 6 feet tall and about 3 feet wide. I felt like a midget in a giant's land. It was awesome. So, I came home inspired to read up on which vegetables I could still grow even though it is already summer and getting really hot.

Here is what I found. I only took down some pointers for planting and tending to these veggies but I hope you find them useful. If you still need to grab some seeds you can get a great ten seed packs collection including tomatoes, cucumbers, lettuce, peppers and more all within the Family Garden Seed Collection

Beans(snap)

-prefer full sun to part shade, loosen soil down to a depth of at least three inches and add compost if possible, should be planted about one inch deep, bushes should be spaced 4 inches apart and pole types six inches apart. Plant pole beans near a chain link fence where they can climb it and will have the support. Need to provide with steady moisture when first growing. When ready to pick, can be picked once a week as they are great growers and produce a lot.

Carrots
-need loose soil to grow well. loosen the soil to about one feet deep. Sow the tiny seeds on top of the soil, barely covering them. Keep the seeds moist, and add mulch as soon as they have germinated to maintain soil moisture. To keep continuous harvest going, plant new seeds every two or three weeks during the growing season sowing the final crop about one month before your first fall frost date. Don't let the soil dry out.

Most carrots take two to four months to mature. Keep soil moist but not wet. Keep bugs and rabbits and other animals out of them. Cut the green tops off the carrots as soon as they are picked as they will dry the carrots out if left on.

Cucumbers

-dig a fair amount of organic compost into soil. Turn over to about a spades depth. can start plants of indoors or directly into the ground. You can group 3 seeds to a hole with each hole around 40cm apart. Plant seeds 2.5 cms deep. For multiple rows, be sure to leave 90cm between. They need a good amount of sunshine and warmth. They are a greenhouse favorite. Make sure you have adequate space as cucumbers can reach around 6 ft. If you have limited space, train your plant to climb a fence,trellis or stake. They may also spread over the ground if you have the space. A well drained soil is important for cucumbers so they are often raised in beds around 6 inches high.

Weed and water weekly if you want them to be firm and juicy. You may harvest when a suitable size usually 50-60 days after planting.

Turnips
-easy to grow from seeds. plant four to six inches apart in soil that is loose and well-drained. They require little care other than regular watering to prevent the roots from getting tough and woody. Keep an eye out for cabbage worms, usually in late spring. They should be harvested small.The best, mildest flavor is when they are about 2 inches in diameter.

You can also grow summer and winter squash and a few other vegetables if you don't like these. For more information you can visit this site What to Plant in July

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