Go for it! There is still time to get some veggies in for the summer and enjoy the bounty.
Here’s NINE easy choices for those who have procrastinated so far:
There are plenty of heirloom varieties of lettuces available in the nurseries that can be planted now. I recommend getting starts from six-packs, There are usually plenty of little seedlings in each cell that can be divided. Start by carefully untangling roots of the little seedlings and planting each separately 6-8” apart.
Plant 4” size pots of basil and regularly keep the flowers pinched off. I saw some great varieties recently at Orchard Nursery in Lafayette
3) Cherry Tomatoes
These little guys are your best shot at getting some juicy toms in your garden this year. The fruits are little so it won’t take them as long to ripen and get sweet! Plant them 1-2” deeper than in the pot to get better rooting and faster growth. East Bay Nursery in Berkeley usually has an awesome selection.
4) Kale, Chard and Mustard Greens
In the Bay Area it’s almost always a good time to plant leafy greens. They are your best bet in the foggier parts of the Bay where it stays cool. Look for small and sturdy plants that have not become root bound in their pots.
These can be planted from seed in between all the other new veggies you are putting in. They ripen early- make a few successive plantings each week so you don’t have to pull them all at once!
This is my favorite summer vegetable- hands down. I actually love it when the fruits get huge- more to eat! Use a vegetable peeler and make a vegetable version of linguini pasta out of them. Also grilling them is divine- just a little olive oil, sea salt and pepper. You gotta get these in now though!
7) Scarlet Runner Beans
Put up some tee-pee stakes, plant a six-pack and stand back! This crop rewards those who are diligent in harvesting. Here’s the trick: if you keep picking, they will keep giving you more. Stop picking (letting them go to seed) and they are done.
8) Jalapeno/Thai Peppers
If you can find a gallon size plant you are in business. Look for little chilies that will ripen more quickly- you might even get to harvest up to Christmas!
9) Edible Flowers
Every salad bowl graced by edible flowers is a more gentile experience. Mossy Martha Stewart says so and so do I. Here’s a short list of edible flowers- get them already started in seedling form if possible:
- • Calendula “Pot Marigold”
- • Violas “Johnny Jump Ups”
- • Borage
- • Nasturtium
If you have been kicking yourself for not putting in a veggie garden… Carpe diem- Get on out there this weekend and make it happen or call us and we will take care of it for you!