Growing vegetables from seeds is an economical approach to starting up your vegetable garden and putting food on your table. To encourage the beginner to vegetable gardening, we have put together a short list of vegetables that are easy to grow from seeds in Summer.
Here are our pick of 6 vegetable seeds to plant in summer.
1. Zucchini or Squash
Plant zucchini or squash seeds when the temperature of the soil outdoors is at least 55 °F (13 °C). Plant zucchini seeds about an inch or 2.5 cm below the soil surface and around 3 to 4 inches apart. Thin them as they grow. Zucchini plants love full sun.
You may grow lettuce in both spring and summer. Plant lettuce seeds about an inch or 2.5 cm below the soil surface. Keep the soil moist but not over-watered. It is also a good idea to plant chives and garlic between your lettuce rows as they can provide protection against aphids.
Tomatoes love plenty of regular sun, heat, food and water to produce sweet, juicy fruits. They don’t mind being transplanted, so it’s ok to scatter seeds in the vegetable garden bed and cover them lightly with soil. Space tomato seeds apart when they are big enough and stake them.
Carrots prefer loose well-worked soil as they are root vegetables. Ensure that there are no rocks or other obstructions that might prevent them from growing well. Sow the seeds about ¼ of an inch deep, an inch or two apart. Keep the seeds moist. To prevent the carrots tasting too woody, keep them well-watered throughout growing season.
Turnips can be sown throughout the summer. The smaller turnips can be grown in early summer for salads while main crop turnips can be grown later and harvested all the way up to winter.
6. Bok Choy (Pac Choi) or Chinese Cabbage
Bok Choy (Pac Choi) or Chinese Cabbage likes to be planted in well-worked, well-drained but moisture retentive soil rich in organic matter. Plant it in rows 2.5 feet apart, with 12 to 16 inches between plants.
To ensure your success in planting these vegetable seeds, our list of 10 mistakes to avoid for successful seed sowing may be useful.
What Other Vegetable Seeds Should I Grow in Summer?
Here are some of our suggestions of seed packs which you could try growing.