What To Grow In Summer

What To Grow In Summer

This blog should really be titled ‘What Can’t You Grow In Summer’?! The suns out, the days are long and, if you look after your plants right, there's a huge variety of veggies available to you that will shoot up instantly.

Here are our top picks to grow during this summer season. 

Watery Vegetables (Cucurbits)

zucchini grown from vegepod's raised garden bed

Summer wouldn’t be summer without classic watery veggies. You have your watermelons, your zucchinis, your summer squash, and cucumbers! These cucurbits all love to be placed in similar conditions together with lots of space between them. Start planting right now and in 10 weeks you’ll have some cooling fruits and vege for the hot days ahead.

Solanaceous Veggies

raised garden bed tomato

Repost: @cropswapsydney

Solanaceous vegetables are also referred to as the ‘nightshade family’ because many of the members are quite toxic. However, humble tomatoes, capsicums and eggplants are also part of this crew and they can all be grown in a Vegepod (and eaten).

Capsicum and eggplant like to grow together, deeply planted in well-drained, warm soil, spaced about 30 to 50 cm apart. For tommies, you can plant dwarf bush varieties, or you can add poles to your Vegepod so the vines grow in a way that maximizes your space.

If you have a small Vegepod, you may want to limit your tomatoes to cherry varieties but the good news is you don’t have to stake them. Just let them push up against the sides of the garden cover, growing wild and free.

Herbs

herbs in a raiesd garden bed

Repost: The Springs Garden World

Herbs and summer go hand in hand. Try planting basil, coriander, chives, dill, fennel, mint, parsley, sage - the list goes on and on! Use lots of water to germinate seedlings during this super hot weather.

Beans

vegepod raised garden bed beans

Beans truly are the magical fruit during summertime! You can plant any number of varieties and they will quickly shoot up. For the middle of the summer season, we recommend planting hardier varieties such as string beans, using the same technique in the Vegepod as you do with the tomatoes, that is, train them along poles and ropes, or try drawf varieties that are lower to the ground.

We hope we inspired you to start your summer planting! Don’t forget, because the Vegepod is self-watering and very efficient, you can really grow quite a bit during this time of abundance. Good luck and happy summertime growing!