Starting a garden is one of those ideas that seems like a no-brainer: growing your own food is a great way to eat fresh food that’s in-season, not to mention a huge cost-saver on groceries. When it comes to knowing how to start a garden, however, things get trickier.
Although it may seem like just a simple case of planting and watering, a successful garden is the product of an educated gardner who knows when to plant what. Don’t know much about gardening? Don’t fret. We have some gardening tips on what to plant now to start your crops off strong.
What to Plant Now
Try planting these vegetables now, and you’ll enjoy them in the months to come.
If you plant carrots in mid-July, you can expect to have a nice crop of them by about mid-September.
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If you want to try a small plot of this fast-growing crop, plant it no later than the first week of July. Choose a variety that matures early, and pick edible ears in about 2-3 months.
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Another fast-growing crop, beets can produce edible greens to cut from the top in about a month (Be careful: Snipping all of the greens will cause the bulb to stop developing!). The actual bulb will take about two months to mature, when you can try your fresh beets in salads and even in juices or smoothies!
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Try planting bush or pole beans, and sow the seeds in two-week intervals. These intervals will produce smaller, ongoing crops to reap in a constant harvest rather than producing one big harvest with too much food.
Cucumbers generally take less than two months to grow from seed to harvest-ready. Available in bush varieties and vines, pick the variety that will grow well for the amount of space you have available (Vine varieties need more space). Cucumbers are also a great crop to have at home because you can make pickles with any leftovers you can’t eat right away.
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Kale is rich in antioxidants and can be planted in mid-July through mid-August to produce a harvest in the fall and winter, when you’ll enjoy salads, wilted greens, soups, and more with this superfood ingredient.
With these gardening tips as a start, you are on your way to knowing how to start a garden now for fresh vegetables in as early as two months. While starting a garden in July may seem strange, success is really as simple as knowing what to plant now.