Aside from flowers, many people also maintain summer crops to provide a nutritious harvest for our families. Vegetables look great in the yard and they taste great as well. Besides, vegetable gardens will help us save money and allows us to eat our food with peace of mind as we know exactly what were used in taking care of the veggies. It allows us to go organic without having to pay the difference yet get the same health benefits.
Here we bring you seven different types of summer crops that are great additions to our gardens.
1. Arugula. A perfect source of Vitamin C, folate, and calcium, it is a popular ingredient for salads and can grow up to 12 inches in height. It is best planted during spring or fall so that its taste will not be too strong. Its mortal enemy is flea beetles but this can easily be solved with Reemay. It is best planted in 6 PH soils.
2. Corn. With sufficient space and pollination, people can enjoy the sweet, fresh flavor of corn. Make sure to plant this crop a foot away from each other. With consistent and regular watering especially in dry season, corn can survive full sun exposure. Its USDA zone is 4-8 and it is best planted in loamy soils.
3. Avocado. Avocados are great sources of heart-healthy fat, potassium, vitamin c, thiamine, niacin, folate, vitamin b6, riboflavin, and magnesium. It is best mixed in salads, salsa, and guacamole. It grows well in soils with 6PH especially when watered three times a week. It grows best in places with 65-75 F temperature. We have to wait for three years before harvest time but it is definitely worth the wait.
4. Radishes. Unlike other crops, we need less than a month to produce radishes. Keep seeds an inch apart from each other and harvest with perfect timing – as soon as it matures. Botanically known as Raphanus sativus, it has USDA zone of two to ten and can survive full sun exposure.
5. Cucumbers. Cucumber is a squash family member which is perfect for the summer season because of its high water content. It is a great source of Vitamin C, fiber, magnesium, silica, and potassium. We can include cucumber in almost anything including salads, soups, sandwiches, and dips. Keep cucumbers at least a foot apart from each other. It loves the sun and can survive even with full sun exposure especially when planted in loamy soils. Its hardiness zone is four to eleven.
6. Lettuce. Lettuce prefers cold weather so it is best planted during autumn to perfectly time harvest in the summer. This popular salad ingredient can only survive in partial sun exposure. Its hardiness zone is four to nine and it grows well in loamy soils.
7. Eggplant. Eggplants are popular sources of fiber and antioxidants. It needs warmth, maximum sunshine, and we recommend growing it only in well-drained soils. It can grow up to four inches tall. It needs as much water as it can get while it’s growing.