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7 Vegetables to grow in summer: Everything you need to know

Hello gardeners, today we are going to end the week with seasonal plants, in this case those that can be grown in summer. If you decide to start gardening, spring and summer are the best times to start it, because there are many vegetable options out there.

The best vegetables to grow in summer

Below I explain the most common summer vegetables, although there are many more, especially in the Mediterranean climate:

1 lettuce

Lettuce can be planted almost at any time of the year, but it does very well in summer. It is recommended that they germinate in the seedbed and when they have 4-6 leaves transplant them, leaving about 20 cm between plants. To collect it, it must be cut at ground level, and it is recommended to collect during the first

hours in the morning, so that they will be more tender to consume. If a cultivation association is made with dill or chives, in addition to having aromatics for the kitchen in the garden, we will avoid certain pests and diseases, especially in lettuce.

2. Tomato

Tomato is one of the summer vegetables par excellence, one of the most consumed in our country. The tomato plant is a plant that needs a lot of light and heat for its growth. It is very common to grow it, especially in greenhouses, due to the warm climate they need. It is usually sown in spring and harvested in the summer months (July and August).

Each plant can produce from 3 to 5 kg of tomatoes , this depends on the variety and the climatic conditions. To obtain a good production it is highly recommended to do the specific pruning for it.
3. Pepper

The pepper is from the same family as the tomato, so the common characteristic is that it requires light and heat for its development. The pepper is sown in spring and harvested from July to September, a pepper plant can give between 9-13 peppers. It needs a very rich soil in organic matter and something humid.

4. Onion

The onion is a very easy vegetable to grow, since it can grow in almost any type of soil, it also needs sun and heat to grow properly. There are many varieties of onion on the market, to have it in the garden in summer we can choose the cultivars “Sweet Onion from Fuentes”, purple onions or French onions.

The onions are harvested when the leaves begin to dry, we can help ourselves with a tool to pry and remove the bulb, once collected it is necessary to let them dry for approximately 3 days.

5. Radish

Radish is one of the ideal vegetables for growing in the pot because of its small size. It is a very fast growing plant that is easy to reproduce. In general, it is not very demanding in terms of maintenance, but in summer it is better to keep it with the soil somewhat humid.

It works very well in association with tomato cultivation, because it prevents the appearance of weeds while both have a positive influence on each other for their growth.

6. Beans

Beans do very well in soils that are not heavy and that are well drained. They need frequent watering when the plant is in bloom. They can be sown from April to August and in this case it is harvested from July to October. Harvesting is done when they measure from 10 to 12 cm. It is advisable to do it by hand and carefully so as not to uproot the plant.

7. Cucumber

This plant cannot be missing in your summer garden either, it is very typical. The cold cannot stand it, it needs to be in very sunny and warm places. Cucumber is demanding especially in terms of watering. These should be frequent in summer, but the soil should never be flooded. It is sown in spring and harvested from July to October, a plant can give between 8 – 10 cucumbers. They should not be collected very yellow because they are more bitter. A very good association would be with beans and both with coriander , in this way we manage to keep the soil or substrate enriched with nutrients and improve the structure of the soil and in some cases it can increase the harvest. In turn, coriander attracts pollinators, especially cucumbers, and prevents certain pests in both.

To be able to enjoy all these vegetables in summer, it is advisable to do the planning of the garden . It is very useful for organic cultivation to take into account cultivation associations.

If you have a flowerpot, the most appropriate thing to do is to choose the smaller species or varieties. Although you can have any plant, always carrying out the necessary pruning to maintain the appropriate size according to the container in which it is located.

As you already know gardeners, you can tell us in comments, which species of these you cultivate at this time and how you do it; You can also attach photos to us. Regards and until next time!

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