Who says you can only grow plants and vegetables in plots? One liberating truth is that even in the smallest patio or porch can boast a crop of vegetables or a garden of flowers in containers. Planter boxes, wooden barrels, hanging baskets and large flowerpots are just some of the containers that one can use. The container gardener’s limit is his imagination.
For those who are interested of having a late summer vegetable garden, one thing about it is that your garden a beautiful place. Most of the crops are harvested during late summer while some fall bearing crops are also planted at this time.
To plant vegetables in late summer, start with seeds. Plant them deeper in late summer than you would in spring to ensure they remain cooler. Keep the plants well watered throughout the first several weeks until they establish themselves in the garden.
For late summer vegetables you can try planting garlic, leek, onions and onions. Meantime, you can also choose from the squash family—you can explore from pumpkin, butternut acom and delicata. For root crops, choose from turnips, radish, beet and parsnip. Others which are best during late summer include Broccoli, Cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, Lettuce, Spinach, Chard and Broccoli rabe.
A container garden must always bear in mind that the container garden will need at least five hours of direct sunlight each day, and many plants will benefit from even more. As a general rule, leafy vegetables like cabbage and lettuce can stand for the most shade; however root crops have a different case. Roots crops such as beets and carrots require more sunlight. Also, stay guard for weeds. Of course, nobody likes to weed, but it’s imperative. Weeds take water and nutrients from the garden that your vegetable plants could otherwise use. Another important thing is the application of fertilizers. Weed frequently to remove invaders especially during late summer fertilizer will give plants extra boost.
Happy late summer gardening.