There are so many advantages to planting a summer garden, and without a
doubt, making your own food and picking it fresh is the best! Nothing really beats
fresh produce from a summer garden. Of course, the kids will love it too
Gardening is a great way to get the family together and move towards a healthier
life. Like with any type of activity, this will depend on where you live. However,
there are some vegetables that will grow just about anywhere with ease.
Winter squash is a great option, no matter where you live.
Even in desert habitats, squash is pretty easy to keep in a summer garden. They
like full sun, so if it rains every day where you live, keep that in mind and try to
pick an area that is exposed to sun as often as possible. You’ll want to harvest
before the first frost, which is typically in September or October, depending on
Pro Tip: There are vining varieties of squash and bush varieties. Make sure to
allow more room for vining varieties.
Peppers are a great summer garden vegetable! You’ll want to
wait two weeks after the last frost before you plant them, but once you do,
they’re fairly easy to grow, even in hot climates. If you do plant in a hotter
climate, be aware that they may not produce until the weather begins to cool
slightly. Peppers also like full sun, but they need a fair amount of moisture.
They’re perfect for a summer garden because they’re easy, and you can do so
much with them when you harvest!
Tomatoes are a great choice for any summer garden, no
matter the climate. Typically they should be planted in containers indoors about a
month and a half before the last frost. Once the temperature has warmed up a bit
and you’ve got night temperatures above 50 degrees F, you can move them
outside. They need anywhere from 6 to 8 hours of sun, so plant them in an area
that will allow them the exposure they need.
Pro Tip: Tomatoes need to be planted deeper than most vegetables, so you want
to have at least two-thirds of the tomato stem underground.
Eggplant though it requires lots of sunshine, can pretty much
be planted anywhere successfully. It makes a great addition to a summer garden.
In places with cooler climates, you’ll want to start indoors about two months
early, and then move them outdoors three weeks after the last frost. Make sure
to keep the ground moist as they will grow best in these conditions.
Corn is a perfect summer garden vegetable and arguably the most
delicious when it’s eaten fresh! Keep in mind, corn needs much more space to
grow than most plants, and you’ve got to plant them about a foot apart. So make
sure this is something you have room for if you plan to grow it! It grows in most
climates, as long as it’s watered frequently.
Pro Tip: Plant corn in short rows to increase the chance that the corn will be
All of these vegetables are sure to make a perfect summer garden and allow for
some delicious, fresh food! Of course there are many other vegetables you can
plant in a summer garden, these are just some of the most versatile climate-wise
and easiest to grow. Which ones would you like to try?