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Spring to Summer transition

Post  Andrea13 on 4/20/2013, 9:42 am

Hello Everyone!

I welcome any feedback or suggestions as I plan for my Summer garden. I have included what I have currently (4 empty squares = x). Most of the spring crops are about in the middle of their growing cycle (zone 6, I think 6b).

I plan on having the following hot weather veggies:
- 6 Cukes (4 squares, trellis)
- 5 Tomatoes, Indeterminate (8 squares so they can have a little extra room, florida weave/trellis)
- 8 Squares of green beans (or more?)
- 4 Peppers
(total of 24 new squares, hoping some lettuce/kale/spinach may survive into the summer with some shade).

I'm struggling with where everything should go, and how to transition when the cool weather stuff is just getting going, but the summer stuff needs to go in soon. Do I just not have enough room for everything? I realize I may have to sacrifice some lettuce or something to accommodate tomatoes, etc.

Also, I'm concerned about being able to reach things in the middle, so would it be better for the larger, or smaller plants?

Any suggestions are greatly appreciated, thanks!


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Post  walshevak on 4/22/2013, 7:23 am

When I lived in No. VA, I planted my summer garden on Memorial Day weekend. Usually had a pretty good crop going by mid to late July that lasted until first frost. Kale can sometimes take the heat so try to preserve it. I've had some last over a hot southern summer, rebound in the fall and produce until killing freezes. Didn't intend to keep it going it just did. I've never grown brussel sprouts, but I think they take a very long time to start producing. I also follow my peas with pole beans and plant the beans between the pea plants. By the time the beans sprout and start looking for trellis space the peas are done. (I don't do bush beans) Tall plants like eggplant and okra take 1 square but can be direct seeded in the middle of a lettuce square. When the lettuce finally bolts, I pull it and top dress the new plants. Try this with your pepper transplants 1 per existing lettuce square. Put the tall pepper plants in the middle and the squash on the outside squares so they can fall over (help them a bit) and sprawl in the area outside the bed. Start some new lettuce inside and when the peppers get tall, put lettuce at their feet. Try replacing the spinach with swiss chard for a summer green. Picked very small, it is as good in salads as spinach. Don't forget, the broccoli leaves make a good cooked green like cabbage, so use them up too. That's about all I can offer.

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