What To Plant Now: Summer Herbs and Vegetables


We’re heading into summer (the weather seems to indicate we’re already there), but that doesn’t mean that you can’t keep planting! Whether you’re getting a late start on your garden or you find yourself wishing that you had more plants, there are plenty of herbs and vegetables that will flourish if planted in June, or even early July. They may in fact grow faster than your first plantings now that the soil has warmed.



Herbs that respond well to heat and full sun are the best choice for early summer planting. Basil, cilantro and oregano all fall into this category. Calendula and nasturtiums can be grown from seeds, but rosemary, sage, thyme and summer savory do better if they are transplanted as seedlings or full plants.

Vegetables and Fruits:

Beans (string, soy, lima, etc.), carrots and summer squash are especially good crops to plant now. Cantaloupe, watermelon, beets and salad greens can also be grown from seed. If you want to try peppers, sweet potatoes, eggplant or tomatoes, however, you’ll get better results from transplants.



If you’re enjoying the color and fragrance of your sunflower and zinnia blooms, you might consider a second planting. Annuals planted now are likely to keep blooming into September or even October. Cosmos, marigolds, periwinkle and petunias can all be seed-sown now. Geraniums and pansies also do well for late blooms in a variety of colors. If you’re already looking to next year, now is also a good time to start considering what perennials and biennials you’ll want to see.

6/19/2014 12:34:00 PM

O.k. I planted some bell peppers this year and they never grew!So can you tell me why they didn't grow!? Please if you could tell me why i would appreciate it!! Thank You So Much In Advance.. Sincerely,Frances Barker :(

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