Do you know this bare patch of soil forming in your garden right about this time of the season? The one which, most likely, held onions, garlic or zucchini? The one you were hovering over, thinking, what can I plant here in the middle of the Summer…..
Today I wanted to share with you seven crops you can plant in the middle of the season.
Before I run down my list, let me share with you how I built it. Since each one of us is gardening in a different zone (I am in 7b), and our weather is different, you might need to change things around a bit.
First, calculate approximately how many days you have until the end of the season. There are 31 days in August and 30 days in September, for a total of 61 days. I will add 15 more days since usually it is still warm here at the beginning of October. So I still have a total of approximately 76 hot/warm days until Fall arrives, which means that I am looking for crops which can germinate in warm soil, can tolerate heat, and reach maturity in less than 76 days.
8 Crops You Can Plant in The Middle of the Season
(Note that many of those crops mature in less than 76 days, so even if you live in colder areas, read on. Also, I will link to the verities I am using from Johnny’s Selected Seeds, but I am sure you can find those in other places)
Bush or Pole Beans – Those beans can germinate in cool soil but germinate better if the soil temperature is between 70 to 90F. You can keep planting those beans until mid-Summer. Bush beans reach maturity around 50 days while pole beans reach maturity around 60 days.