10 Summer Veggies You Can Grow at Home

posted: 07/21/17
by: Amanda Mushro
Summer veggies

Now is the perfect time to plant vegetables for your late summer or fall harvest. Each of these plants will yield a bounty of delicious, homegrown veggies in no time. These hearty summer veggies fare well in home garden plots or even patio plantings--no green thumb required!

1. Kale

Leafy green kale is a summer superfood. It's also an easy veggie that thrives in most climates and soil types. This deep green plant takes a bit longer to mature. In fact, kale can survive cold of up to 20 degrees Fahrenheit. So, even an early fall cold snap won't kill off your harvest. Some gardeners even think that an early frost lends a distinct sweetness to these veggies.

2. Squash

Squash varietals such as acorn, butternut, delicata, and pumpkins are easy to grow and delicious to cook with. The vining varieties of these squash need at least five square feet and full sun to flourish. The bush varietals need less space, and thus work well in patio gardens or small plots. Let these delicious squash ripen on the vine before the first frost for peak flavor.

3. Beans

Many types of beans grow beautifully from seeds. Summer beans are one of the easiest veggies to grow. Bean seeds are almost guaranteed to produce a bountiful crop with little attention. These delicious veggies are a good option for the beginning gardener or for those who want their kids to help plant and sow their first crops.

4. Swiss Chard

Swiss chard is a leafy vegetable similar in taste and texture to kale. Young chard leaves are perfect in summer salads--resulting in a sweeter taste and more tender vegetable. Pro gardeners recommend planting summer chard in shade for a less bitter taste.

5. Basil and Cilantro

Both of these savory herbs are fast-growing, hearty plants. These herbs grow profusely, so plan for a full, lush crop after just one month. Basil is wonderful with summer tomatoes and cilantro is amazing in fresh summer salsa.

6. Spaghetti Squash

Spaghetti squash is a tasty, low-calorie, nutrient-rich substitute for regular pasta. Spaghetti squash can be grown on the ground or on a climbing trellis. This squash matures in approximately two months and can last for up to six months.

7. Tomatoes

Few summer veggies are as ubiquitous as the tomato. Some tomatoes fare better in hot summer weather than others, so it's important to pick the right type for your unique climate and garden. Visit How to Grow Tomatoes in Hot Weather for tips on the best varieties and how to keep them flourishing all summer long.

8. Carrots

Sweet, crunchy carrots are simple to grow and a great source of vitamins and eye-boosting carotene. While the traditional carrot is orange, hybrid varieties can be white or even purple. Plant these root vegetables in summer soil for a booming fall harvest.

9. Scallions

Scallions are a delicate vegetable with a sweet, mild flavor. The tender green shoots and the onion-shaped root bulb can be used in cooking. Summer scallions grow relatively quickly in rich soil. They require moist soil and weed maintenance to thrive, requiring a bit of attention during their brief growing cycle.

10. Peppers

Crunchy, fresh red and green peppers are a summer harvest favorite. Did you know that red and green peppers are actually the same vegetable? The more colorful varieties have simply been allowed more time to ripen on the vine. Peppers can be grown from seeds in a pot. Gardeners recommend planting three peppers per pot for the best outcome.

Growing tasty, healthy summer veggies at home is simpler than you may think. With our tips, enjoy your fresh summer vegetables all season long!