There are a lot of plants that germinate easily in the summer heat. Some are even more successful at taking root during the summer then in the spring. Plants require a few conditions to make them prosper. Heat, water, and nutritious soil are among a few of them.
There’s no universal rule when it comes to how much heat a plant needs. Each species has it’s own expectations. Knowing which plants to get into the ground during a hot summer can give you an amazing harvest this fall. It’s important to keep in mind that through most of the plant’s life, the weather will be quite hot.
Tomatoes are an excellent choice for a fall crop. They actually work better this time of year. Spring tomatoes are difficult to germinate. Tomato seeds require soil temperatures above eighty degrees. If you’re going to grow tomatoes, it’s important to be patient. They do not grow in the same way that those winter root vegetables do. First they must obtain their height and foliage, then they will start to produce fruit.
Squash can withstand summer temperatures. A lot of growers are reluctant to plant winter squash in the summer because they believe the heat will kill them. The plant is not called winter squash for this reason. Winter squash plants actually won’t grow during the winter months. They are known as winter squash because their shell has the capacity to protect the flesh inside it for months after harvest. Allowing people to enjoy squash that came from a fall harvest all winter.
Watermelons require a lot of heat from a very young age. Making them the perfect thing to germinate in the hottest part of the summer. They can withstand cooler temperatures as well, as long as they’re above fifty degrees. Making them hardy enough to withstand the weather if it starts to cool off a little. Watermelons are a good idea as a fall crop if you live in zone eight or higher. As they require a long growing season. If you’re in the northern part of the country, try personal sized watermelons.
Peppers are another plant that withstand October temperatures, but won’t make it through November. If you plant them now you should have plenty of time to collect a fall harvest. Some pepper plants only take sixty days to reach maturity. Keep the climate of your area in mind when deciding if you’ll have enough time for a harvest.
Pumpkins should be planted in June, or July if you want them for Halloween. They are sturdy plants that won’t rot quickly, especially when frozen. This makes them perfect for keeping until you can put them into a pie. Thanksgiving is always more special when the stuff on the table came from your own garden.
Maintenance Is Everything
The quality of your garden depends on the amount of attention you’re willing to give it. We all want a large harvest. The only gardeners who are successful spend their leisure time pulling weeds. Get out there and take care of your babies!