Heat-loving plants make a quick fix for dinner tonight.
You might prefer a lazy afternoon in the shade, but your okra, eggplants, and peppers love the heat, performing their best in late summer. We planted these heat seekers in our summer garden designs, counting on abundant harvests throughout July and August.
And while it may be swimsuit-and-sandals hot, now is the time to start planning for cool-season crops. You have just weeks to get seeds going in time to grow into great fall dishes. Consider bok choy; napa cabbage; lettuce; kale; spinach; Swiss chard; and turnip, mustard, or collard greens.
To determine when to sow, count back the days from your anticipated first day of frost. Consult tools such as the Fall-Harvest Planting Calculator; keep track of your packs and save seeds from summer crops with organizers from the Seed Keeper Company; and use The Seed Garden, a homeowner's guide to saving heirloom seeds. But for now, seek a spot of shade, and enjoy the rest of summer's bounty.