Growing Vegetables

Great Plants You Can Start Late

Some people like to make an early start on their plants to get the most of their growing season. What happens if you are not one of those gardeners? There are many of us who are a bit late with their plants or those who decide they want to grow some plants in the middle of the growing season.

The good news is that even those who are late can usually catch up and find some good plants to grow. In fact, there are some plants you can start as late in June. These plants are ideal for those who don’t really like to start their season early. If this applies to you, you will love to know that there are many plants you can grow in late spring.

Starting Late

A success with a late start will mainly depend on your climate and location. Some climate conditions are more suitable for starting plants late than the others.

Another thing you need to keep in mind are the plants you wish to grow. Each plant has its unique requirements when it comes to sun, temperature, humidity and other factors, so starting out late might not be an option for all of them.

The good news is that you will probably find some great plants you can grow in late spring, so you can still have a productive season.

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Great Plants You Can Start Late

While you might miss the best time to grow popular vegetables such as tomatoes, eggplants and peppers, there are many great plants you can start growing in late spring (as late as June).

The best plants for starting out late include:

  • Beans (you can buy seeds to grow beans in your garden)
  • Carrots (you may choose between numerous carrot varieties: hybrid, non-hybrid, heirloom, etc.)
  • Beets (can easily be started from seed)
  • Pumpkins (you can easily grow huge pumpkins in late spring and early summer)
  • Squash (squash is one of the easiest plants to start from seeds)
  • Basil (basil is easy to grow and can thrive even in summer)
  • Lettuce/Salad/Mesclun Mixes (all leafy greens are easily started from seeds).
  • Chard (the most popular one is the Rainbow Swiss Chard mix)
  • Mustard Greens (easy to grow from seeds)
  • Oregano (you may buy seeds to grow)

The important thing is to always buy good, quality seeds for your garden. Make sure it’s not genetically modified (choose only NON-GMO seeds).

The best thing about the above plants is that most of them don’t take a long time to grow and they can all do well in partial sun. So, even if you end up growing them during the hot months, you can simply plant them in an area that doesn’t get the most sun so they can thrive. Chances are that you will make these plants grow strong and healthy so you will have a great harvest of tasty and fresh herbs and vegetables.

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