I must confess that I am passionate about my vegetable garden. For years, I contented myself with growing mostly ornamental plants in my own garden, even though I instructed people on how to create vegetable gardens. It was just a few years ago that I decided I wanted to have my own vegetable garden.
Now, a few years later, my vegetable garden is the focal point of my back garden. This time of year in my zone 9a garden, I still have cool-season vegetables growing beautifully and I have started planting my warm-season vegetable crop.
‘Cool-season’ vegetables like cool soil and temperatures. Vegetables such as broccoli, carrots cauliflower, green onions, lettuce, radishes and spinach are some examples of cool-season vegetables. They are planted in early spring (or fall in warmer climates). They require cool temperatures to germinate and grow. They need to mature before warm temperatures arrive. In my zone 9a garden, I plant cool-season vegetables in October and harvest them in spring.
‘Warm-season vegetables enjoy warm soil (above 60 degrees F) and warm outdoor temperatures. Examples include beans, corn, cucumbers, eggplant, melons, squash and tomatoes. They should be planted outdoors after the last frost date has occurred for your area. You can find your average last frost date here.
As I mentioned earlier, my vegetable garden is in transition – meaning that I have cool-season crops ripening and I have recently planted warm-season vegetables as well.
Here are some of my cool-season vegetables:
Here a few of my warm-season vegetables:
I have planted sweet corn, cucumbers and bush beans, but they haven’t germinated yet.
Of course with so many different kinds of vegetables to grow, I just don’t have enough room in my current vegetable garden.
So, we built a new one….
I don’t have anything planted yet, but I will soon!
So, how about you? What are your favorite vegetables to grow?
Come back Friday when we’ll talk about how to get a head start on your vegetable garden by starting seeds indoors.