Gardening – Succession Planting: Mid Summer

Raised Garden Beds A & B in mid morning shade. The cucumbers made it to the eaves first. Next question: Can I train them to grow sideways or back down the trellis?

It is mid July, mid summer…sigh… R Dub loves hot weather and summer. I will hate to see this one pass us by. But…

Now is the time to begin replacing harvested crops with mid summer loving plants. While looking at the raised garden beds this morning after watering I wondered internally how many plants need to be succeeded.

Here are some great veggies to plant in Mid Summer for Fall harvesting:

CropDays to maturityCold hardiness
Basil30-60Killed by frost
Beets50-60Survives high 20s
Bush Beans45-65Killed by frost
Broccoli50-70Survives light frost
Brussels sprouts90-100The hardiest – down to 20°
Cabbage50-90The hardiest – down to 20°
Cauliflower60-80Survives light frost
Cilantro60-70Survives light frost
Collard greens40-65The hardiest – down to 20°
GarlicHarvest the following JulyWinters over in ground
Green onion60-70Survives high 20s
Kale40-65The hardiest – down to 20°
Kohlrabi50-60Survives light frost
Leaf lettuce40-60Survives light frost
Mustard greens30-40Survives light frost
Peas70-80 (longer than if planted in spring)Survives high 20s
Radishes30-60Dig until soil freezes
Spinach35-45Survives light frost; may overwinter
Swiss chard40-60Survives light frost
Turnips50-60Survives light frost
Courtesy of the UMN Extension Office

We have already sown the following succession plants: Basil, Beets, Cilantro, and Swiss Chard. We are planning to add the following succession plants: Bush Beans, Brussels Sprouts, Garlic, Peas, and Spinach.

Radishes and carrots was easy. They’ve been plucked from the ground and have left a nice empty spot to fill. However vining plants like beans and peas are a more difficult decision.

Beets have succeeded the carrots in Bed B. One row plants in late June and now a second row sown in mid July. There will be a 3 week stagger between harvest for these rows. Good in our book.
Last of the harvested baby carrots leaving room for one more row of beets. We chose short carrots because they are easier to grow. Hindsight, as they say is 20:20, next time full sized carrots. More juice from the squeeze will be our mantra going forward.
Swiss Chard has just germinated in Bed C where the radishes once were. We will be able to Cut and Come Again this beautiful plants for the remainder of the growing season. Extra credit for noticing that the San Marzano tomatoes are turning color.

We have one cabbage plant that is slightly larger than a softball at the moment. The decision will need to be made when it is roughly twice as big as it is now. Do we cut the head and let a smaller golf ball sized head follow it up or pull out the entire plant a sow another plant in it’s place for a late fall cabbage head. We will have a committee meeting this weekend to decide. In the mean time it’s time to start some cabbage and cauliflower seedlings inside just in case.

This cabbage has been growing fast with its companion parsley. Do we cut the head and regrow a small head behind it, or pull it and start another plant the will grow to full size late in the growing season?

As seen in the first photo of this post one of our cucumber plants has reached the bottom of the eaves. We will need to train the plant to either go sideways or back down the trellis netting. So far, all of the cucumbers are growing near the top of the trellis. R Dub will be harvesting from a ladder soon. Pray for me.

Two of the young cucumbers growing near the eaves at the top of the trellis. Glad we have dill ready to pluck for the canning that awaits us.

Herbs were sown in Bed A, B and C plus in a window sill planter a few weeks ago when the temps started to rise. (Rise by Wisconsin standards anyway.) The basil, dill will be used for canning. The cilantro will be used to make salsa. Rosemary and parsley for cooking.

Basil in Bed A. Probably needs to be thinned. Definitely needs to be pruned. We will need every leaf we can get for canning the San Marzano tomatoes.
Window Box Basil from an earlier video. The pruning worked, it is growing wider, which is good.
Cilantro in Bed A, it will be yummy in salsa!
Parsley has been happy and finding enough sun with its companion cabbage and cauliflower.

It is clear that the peas and beans are done climbing and have slowed down producing. Our next decision: Pull them and sow new seeds ore continue to harvest until completely bare?

Tomatoes at long last are ripening. I’m estimating roughly 200 cherry tomatoes and 70 San Marzano tomatoes. The beef stake will continue to grow fruit until the first hard frost, I’m not hazarding a harvest guess for those. (A couple dozen…maybe.)

Super Sweet 100 Cherry tomatoes.
The first of the zucchinis.

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Conversational BLOG writer and contributing writer for LocaLeben magazine. My BLOG entries represent observations that intrigue, amuse, inspire or stimulate my appetite.

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