It’s late April and it’s already time to start planning for the summer kitchen garden. Here is the list of plants few of what are referred to as warm season vegetables that require long days and warm temperatures to thrive.
One of the most rewarding and fast growing crops to grow. Corn requires a lot of space to grow and the pollination must be just right. There are few vegetables that are as tasty fresh from the garden so it’s worth the effort.
Cucumbers need full sun, at least an inch of water per week, rich soil and pollinating insects to produce.
Eggplant require lots of sunshine and warm, well-drained soil.In spite of their love of heat, once in the garden, eggplants like cool, moist roots.
Okra loves hot weather, rich soil and full sun. Seeds should be started indoors and moved out into the garden after the summer equinox in late June. Pick pods when they become 3 to 4 inches long.
Give them full sun, well-drained soil and consistent moisture. Feed with an organic fertilizer after the plants begin to flower and set fruit. Sweet peppers and bell peppers planted in hot climates may not begin to produce until weather cools in late summer.
Zucchini prefers nutrient rich, well-drained soil.Zucchini sowing in June will lead to fresh zucchini.
The most popular garden vegetable. Growing tomatoes is not only fun but treats you to some of the best tasting fruits in the world. Tomatoes come in many colors, shapes, taste, and sizes. Grow a few varieties every year to find your favorites!.Set the plants out when the soil has warmed and night temperatures stay above 50 degrees F. Tomatoes need 6 to 8 hours of full sun.
Cabbage is one of the easier plants to grow in the garden. Select a variety that is right for your location (size and maturity length). Be sure to fertilize and water when cabbage head begins to form.
Planting carrots by April will give an early summer crop.
Melons are some of the most rewarding plants to grow. Great for hot, long summers. A staple for summer picnics and family fun.