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What to Plant for Summer

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If you're planting vegetables or flowers this summer, here is some information on the best types to plant.

Summer vegetables require long periods of sunlight, warmer temperatures and warmer soil to survive and thrive and are sensitive to frost so it's best to plant them after the last spring frost. The best warm season vegetables to plant in your garden include lima beans and snap beans, beets, bell peppers, carrots, corn, cucumbers, eggplant, tomatoes, squash and zucchini. Vegetables to avoid during the summer include lettuce, spinach, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower and peas because they can't tolerate the summer heat.

When laying out your summer vegetable garden, plant the tallest crops (beans and corn) on the northern side to prevent them from shading the rest of your vegetables. Just south of them are your next tallest crops (tomatoes and squash) followed by the lowest growing crops (beets and carrots).

If you'd like to plant herbs this summer, there are many that grow better in summer warmth, including basil, chives, dill, fennel, parsley, sage and thyme.

If you are planting summer flowers, most summer bloomers, such as gladioli, calla lilies, dahlias and begonias love warm soil and warm summer sun. If you garden in a mild climate, you can plant the bulbs in early spring and expect flowers by summer. If you live in a cooler area, wait until late spring or early summer or start bulbs indoors until the danger of frost has passed, then move them outside.

Regular doses of fertilizer will promote faster, more robust growth and more or better flowers.

Frostproof Growers Supply offers top quality products you can rely on for the best performance in your garden, including a fertilizer feeder you can use to apply to fertilizer to your summer plants. We also offer a variety of sprayers to keep your garden free from pests and weeds and a full range of gardening tools. Call us toll-free at 800-635-3621 for complete information on growing products that will assist you in your garden this summer.

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