When the heat brings an end to the harvest of lettuce, peas, and many other cool-weather crops, it’s time to compost the sun-scorched remains of those spring edibles to open up garden space for the next round of vegetables.
Before selecting your crops, calculate the number of growing days left for your garden, so your harvest won’t be cut short by frost. (Your county’s cooperative extension service can tell you when to expect the first killing frost in fall.) Then use the “days to maturity” numbers on seed packets to help choose varieties that will mature within the remaining growing season. The veggies that follow are all suited to mid- to late-summer sowing directly into the garden. All germinate quickly in warm, moist soil and thrive in summertime heat.
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