A Planting Guide for Summer Vegetables and Herbs

by Beth Belloise 08/02/2019

The feel of warm summer breeze, blooming flowers, and striving gardens are one of the goodies that come with summer. Irrespective of where you live, whether the southern coast of California or the mountainous inland of Maine, having a flourishing garden is very feasible.Here is a detailed guide on how you can plant summer vegetables and herbs:

Time to plant

Timing is critical in any endeavor, the same with planting during summer. Don't plant too early or too late. Planting too early brings risks of frost and freezing, which will lead to stunted growth of your plant, and finally killing them off. The best time to plant either your vegetables and herbs is the end of May or early June. It, however, depends on the climate in your locale.

Soil preparation

Right before you think of planting any plant, ensure that you have the right type of soil and walk an extra mile to prepare it. The type of land used in planting can make or mar your plants. To avoid unnecessary competition between your plants and weeds, ensure that you weed off every form of unwanted plants. Lack of competition with grass entails healthy plants. Next, it's time to loosen the soil by tilling, using a gardening fork or spade. A common and recommended technique is digging and turning the soil.

Planting your vegetables

There are two groups of vegetables; the cold season vegetables and warm-season vegetable. For the sake of this article, the focus would be on the warm-season vegetables. These vegetables strive better in warm temperature, sunlight, etc. Frost is like kryptonite, which is why you need to make sure you plant before the last spring frost date. Warm season vegetables include;

- Bell peppers

- Cucumbers

- Zucchini

- Beets

- Carrots

- Corn

- Eggplant

- Tomatoes

- Squash

Planting your herbs

After vegetables, other plants on your list are herbs. Some herbs perform better during the warm season; some don't. It is imperative that you know which herb performs best in summer and get them ahead of time. Below are a few herbs that have been known to strive very well during the warm summer season.

- Thyme

- Sage

- Basil

- Dill

- Parsley

- Chives

- Fennel

These herbs are delicious, coupled with a beautiful fragrance that can freshen the air in your home.

Taking care of your garden

After planting, the next item on the checklist would be to water your garden adequately to avoid dying for lack of it. Watering helps the soil to settle properly around the plant's roots. Giving them long and deep watering, they have been proven to work magic compared to a shallow sprinkling of water. Depending on the kind of plants, you can water every three days or weekly.

Planting is fun and can serve as therapy to many people. During summer, it can help much more than just having fun. It can also cut down on food cost. Are you yet to start your summer planting, now is the right time.

About the Author

Beth Belloise

Beth has been a Florida resident for more than 40 years and knows the Tampa Bay area intimately. She began her career in real estate in 2001, obtained her broker’s license in 2007 and started Belloise Realty Tropical, Inc. in 2008. Beth recently formed Tropical Life Realty, Inc. a service driven, innovative brokerage geared towards selling the Florida Tropical Lifestyle. Though serving all the West Pasco and Northern Pinellas area, Beth and her team specialize in waterfront properties. She has been a resident of the Gulf Harbors waterfront community since 2000 and is passionate about the west coast of Florida & Gulf Harbors tropical lifestyle, incredible sunsets, and wonderful community. If you were to ask Beth just what she loves about living in the area, her reply would be quite simple, everything. As a person who is naturally drawn to the water and sun, Beth takes full advantage of all the amenities the Florida coast area offers. From boating and fishing in the Gulf of Mexico to watching the dolphins swim in her back yard, it’s rare to find this nature lover indoors. For Beth, every aspect of her home, the picturesque sunsets, sparkling gulf waters, natural wildlife and the genuine people, allow her to stay grounded and focused on what really matters. The west coast of Florida is a place like no other to live, vacation or retire.   

Beth has a passion for being the very best at what she does. She and her agents stay up to date daily on what new homes have gone on the market and what the market value is for home sellers. Tropical Life Realty is committed to the philosophies of honesty, integrity and professionalism. Their business approach is founded on building lasting relationships based upon commitment and trust. Clients appreciate their down-to-earth style, which gives them a high degree of confidence and trust knowing that Tropical Life Realty always has the client’s best interest at heart. Beth’s years of experience, combined with hers and her agent’s genuine approach, make Tropical Life Realty uniquely qualified to connect extraordinary people with the extraordinary tropical lifestyle. Beth and her agents “live and breathes real estate” 365 days a year, they are all very passionate about their neighbors and the community.  

Whether you are buying or selling a home in this area, give Tropical Life Realty, Inc. a call today. Tropical Life Realty provides a higher level of service that is a breath of fresh air during your important transaction to a new home or selling yours. Call Tropical Life Realty today — you’ll be glad you did so that you can start living the Tropical Life! 

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• Short Sales
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• New home construction
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• Land
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• For sale by owner homes
• Bank-owned properties
• Commercial property
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