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Ashleigh Smith

May 18
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Has this year's garden season snuck up on you like it has me? The good news is, it's not too late to start planting. There are several options you have to still produce a plentiful harvest. Start by figuring out how much effort you want to invest for a great harvest.

Some methods of prolonging your garden season require the use of other materials or tools such as greenhouses, plastic coverings, hoop covers etc. But you don’t have to rely on these tools to get a good harvest.

Some plants naturally mature faster than others. In fact these plants are often under utilized or under appreciated in gardens. And, not all plants have to be grown to maturity. There are many many greens that are often tastier when harvested at a baby leaf stage. The best part, you can still have time to plant another batch after your initial harvest as baby salad greens can often be harvested after only 20-30 days.

You can get started now by planting a variety of quick to mature plants and decide later if you want to harvest at the baby stage, or let them grow to maturity. You still have time to choose.

Fast to Mature Vegetables:

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2 comments

Barbara

Thank you for listing the late start vegetables; good reminder to keep planting in the extra spaces I have. I’m going to see if you have an article listing vegetables that will grow in more shade than sun (I have large trees that are now overshadowing my raised beds).


John

Hey what can I grow in the house. Summer is here in AZ and it’s 104 outside. I just composted my tomato plants because they weren’t producing anything and the heat was cooking them. My lettuce bolted so outside gardening is over for awhile.!


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