Preparing for Your Summer Vegetable Garden

There’s a lot to consider when preparing for a summer vegetable garden. Growing your own vegetables can be extremely rewarding, especially when the harvest comes! However, it seems that there’s an endless amount of vegetables to choose from. Below are some helpful things to be aware of when choosing vegetables for your own garden!

Keep in Mind Your Hardiness Zone

The very first thing to consider when choosing vegetables is plant hardiness, which is the plant’s ability to grow and survive in cold winter conditions. A hardiness zone is a geographical area based on temperature and climate that tells you where certain plants grow best.

Best Vegetables for Zone 6

Ohio is in zone six. Some plants that grow in zone six can withstand temperatures as low as 25 degrees Fahrenheit. If you’re looking for vegetables that will last longer than the summer into the cooler weather, think about planting some of your favorites out of the list below:

  • Beets
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Peas
  • Kale
  • Cauliflower
  • Broccoli
  • Lettuce
  • Spinach
  • Radish
  • Turnips

Good Summer Vegetables

Another option is to plant vegetables in early spring that thrive in warmer weather. If you choose these vegetables, recognize that they will only continue growing until the first frost. They need long, sunny days to survive. It’s best to plant these crops in May, or when soil temperatures reach 55 degrees or higher. These vegetables are typically what you see in a summer garden:

  • Squash
  • Tomatoes
  • Beans
  • Peppers
  • Eggplant
  • Okra
  • Swiss Chard

Helpful Gardening Tips

Growing vegetables takes time, resources, and knowledge. Here are some tips to yield maximum growth and reward in your vegetable garden this year.

Make a List of What You Want to Grow

You don’t have to grow every single vegetable available at your local nursery. Choose vegetables that you and your family love to make sure nothing goes to waste!

Preserve Your Vegetables

If you find that your harvest is so abundant that your food is going to waste, recognize that there are ways to save your vegetables. For example, canning tomatoes is one way to preserve them for the winter. You can also freeze vegetables such as broccoli, peppers, squash, and more for later.

Be Aware of the Space You Have

If you live in an apartment or condo, you may want to consider planting in pots. You can still have a successful garden by doing this! If you have more land, you can expand by using either a raised garden bed or in-ground garden.

Consider How Much Sunlight You Get

The ideal space will get six or more hours of sunlight to ensure proper growth. It’s also best to place your garden from north to south, as this positioning will get the best sun exposure.

Water Regularly, Especially in Summer Heat

Make sure you plant your vegetables near a good water source, as this will make it easier to water. A good way to tell if your plant needs water is if their leaves wilt or have brown tips. When you water, water enough to completely saturate the soil. It’s important to know that vegetables need one inch of water per week.

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