July 25, 2022
It's not too late!
Plants to add to your garden all summer long
Journalism Intern, Landscape Ontario
Spring and early summer always seems to whiz by in a flash. If you missed that early window for planting your garden, take heart! There's still time to get growing with these late season veggies and flowers.
Hardy vegetablesLate-June to early July is when temperatures really start to heat up, making it harder for plants to retain moisture. Vegetables such as beets and carrots are great choices because they grow underground and are protected from the sun. Make sure to keep them well-watered though, as the outside stem that is exposed to the sun is very important for the overall health of the plant.
Leafy greensCrops like spinach thrive in many different temperatures and thrive in the garden even when planted later in the summer. Some shade is helpful for these greens since too much heat can wilt the leaves. If direct sunlight is all you have, make sure to water regularly.
Cauliflower and brocolliCauliflower and broccoli are tough veggies that do best in cooler climates. You can wait as long as late August to plant, and can expect to harvest all the way to the end of October.
If you’re thinking ahead for the next season, garlic is the way to go. Garlic is best planted in late October to early November, and sprouts in spring. Growers say planting garlic in the fall develops better taste and size.