Summer vegetables…sweet spot

May 25, 2009

This is sort of the sweet spot in the summer vegetable garden in our climate. Warm enough that summer vegetables likes cucumbers, squash, zucchini, corn and beans are coming on, as well as the first tomatoes, but not yet hot enough to melt everything down into scortched earth, as will be the case soon enough. I'm beginning to be rewarded with more squash and zucchini than I will be able to consume fast enough, but I'll happily try. It's also the time of year where the last of the cool season crops, such as broccoli, chard and the last of the lettuce greens, overlap into summer.

CornSummersquash

Summersquash2 Zucchini

Cucumberstraightnine Broccolimay

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Carrie
May 26, 2009
6:59 pm

When did you plant your squash, zucchini, & cucumbers?  Were they from seed or starters?

Leslie Finical Halleck
May 26, 2009
11:16 pm

Hi there, all were from seed. I believe I seeded the squashes and zucchinis the third week of March. Somewhere around March 22nd I think, past our “last” average frost date of March 17th. We did get that late hard freeze so the small seedlings were covered with two layers of frost cloth and they made it through just fine.

I seeded the cucumbers a bit later, maybe mid-April, as you can see by the fact that the cucumber plants are much smaller. I have about 4 different varieties of cucumbers in several beds. BUT, realize that cucumbers tend to like an even warmer soil temperature than squash. The squash varieties I’m growing this year are “early” varieties and so are maturing quickly. The cucumber plants won’t really kick into gear until mid-May once things warm up…which they are finally starting to do.

Livia
May 27, 2009
6:01 pm

You have corn! With tassles!!!? Why, oh why, did I move back to Kansas!?

Leslie Finical Halleck
May 27, 2009
6:03 pm

Hey Livia! I DOOOO…jealous?? LOL. Starting to harvest tomatoes too! In a couple of weeks I’ll be planting a 2nd round of corn. Seriously..why did you move back to Kansas??!!

Livia
May 28, 2009
12:05 am

My corn is THIS tall! (Imagine my thumb and index finger pinched together and SQUISHING YOUR HEAD!) Yes, I’m very jealous so I started a blog to make myself feel better.

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