It’s Not Too Late! 5 Vegetables You and Your Kids Can Plant Right Now

posted: 05/19/15
by: Blythe Copeland
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Why not grow your own greens?

It's only a few weeks until summer, and many homegrown garden vegetables are already blooming--but that doesn't mean you've missed your chance to plant. Plenty of tasty veggies will be ready for harvest in late summer or early fall (as long as you get them in the ground in June or July). Try some of these favorites to eat from your garden well into the cool weather.

1. Carrots

Tasty root vegetables like carrots are perfect for a fall harvest, when you can pair them with other roasted vegetables, add them to soups, and use them to bulk up other classic comfort foods.

Try it in: Carrot Soup with Ginger and Lemon

2. Broccoli

Broccoli loves cooler weather, so planting in mid-summer (about 100 days before you expect the first fall frost, according to The Old Farmer's Almanac) means you'll get a decent harvest you can freeze and store all winter.

Try it in: Broccoli Gratin with Crispy Onions

3. Cucumbers

Cool, crunchy cucumbers will be a staple all summer--in salads, soups, or with dips. Urban Farmer points out that vine-grown cucumbers are often more delicious, but also require a lot more space than bush varieties.

Try it in: Cucumber and Coconut Salad

4. Spinach

Sturdy spinach is such a fan of cold temperatures that it won't germinate if the soil is warmer than 70 degrees--which means you can plant it even in mid-August and still have fresh leaves for salads and soups in the fall.

Try it in: Spinach Salad with Warm Bacon Dressing

5. Squash

Summer squash and zucchini planted in June will be ready to cut and eat by July and August; winter squash planted in late spring will be on your table in the fall.

Try it in: Baked Summer Squash