It's Not Too Late to Grow Veggies This Summer


Valerie BoeseGood news, you haven't missed your opportunity to plant garden vegetables and herbs this summer. There is still time to get outdoors and sow some seeds to enjoy your own home grown fresh vegetables and herbs. While herbs grow rather quickly, vegetables need a little more time to reach harvest. Most seed packets will note the number of days needed to harvest.

Geographic locations receiving their first frost around 3rd week in September can plant vegetable seeds with a time to harvest of 65 days or less. If you live in a location where your first frost is later than 3rd week in September, you will have more growing days available.


On the flip side if you live an area where your first frost is earlier than 3rd week in September, you will need to consider planting vegetables with a shorter time to harvest. For example, Black Beauty zucchini with 44 days to harvest. To determine your first frost date, go to "The Farmers Almanac."

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There are a wide variety of vegetables that can still be planted to be enjoyed this summer. Good vegetable choices to plant now would be cherry-type tomatoes, which usually have a shorter time to harvest time than larger types of tomatoes.

6/15/2018 8:21:41 AM

Valerie, you are right. It's not too late for us here in Nebraska to still plant in the garden. I just started some seeds of cucumber, zucchini, squash, and Chard. I live in Omaha but have relatives in Wakefield and Pender Nebraska. I am a self proclaimed Urban farmer and have two vacant lots that I'm turning into gardens as well as a back yard garden of four raised beds. In Addition to that, I'm developing a five gallon bucket self watering container garden on the backyard patio. It looks like we are headed into some real hot weather in the next few days so watering will be top priority. Your post was very encouraging to keep planting even though the prime planting time is past. ***** Have a great Northeast Nebraskan day on the homestead. ***** Nebraska Dave

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