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  Summer Veggies
  May 24th, 2007


Plant Now for a Bountiful Harvest
“In the summertime when the weather is hot,
you can stretch right up and touch the sky,
when the weather is fine.”

This phrase could be the Summer Vegetable Theme Song. And it is time to plant your summer vegetables!

Most of our favorite vegetables are grown this time of year. What vegetables do we grow in summertime? Try planting beans, corn, cucumber, eggplant, leeks, onions, peppers, squash, tomatoes and zucchini, just to name a few. Beets (red and golden), potatoes, carrots and radishes are root vegetables, and they are simple to grow.

Perhaps you look at our list of vegetables and think to yourself “Right, I can grow all of that, if I lived on a farm!” Of course you can grow all of them, but the real issue might be a question of space. So pick your favorites and go from there. Root vegetables can grow underneath just about any of the other vegetables listed. That means the onions, beets, potatoes, carrots, and radishes can be planted very near to the beans, tomatoes, peppers, or eggplant.

Cucumbers, squash and zucchini (also a squash) all grow as a vine and have large leaves. They will need much more growing space and need to spread out. Plant these on a small mound of your amended soil in clusters of three plants. You could even make that 3-5 plants, one of each that you love the most.

If you have not been a vegetable gardener in the past, here are a few tips for you to follow.

1. Pick a sunny location, free of grass (or “free it” from the grass!).
2. Soil preparation. Determine whether or not your soil is predominately sand or clay. Supplement your native soil with a composting product. Roto-till or use a good old-fashioned shovel to mix in the amendment and level out the soil.
3. Fertilize. You have choices here. , such as commercial or organic. Remember when choosing fertilizers, you are ultimately planning to eat these vegetables.

We also have all the necessary products that you will need to become a great vegetable gardener: Tomato cages, trellises for the tomatoes or beans, bird netting, stakes for the peppers and eggplant. And don’t forget our soil amendments, fertilizers, and of course, our excellent advice and encouragement.

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