Frugal and Sustainable: Plant Mid-summer for a fall harvest.

Cukes from the front yard last year, harvested on September 30!
cucumbers
Here’s my daughter picking up one of the cucumbers from last year’s front yard edible garden!

There’s a whole lot of growing season left. Last year I planted cucumbers in the front yard next to my roses in mid-July to see what would happen.  At the end of September, I was still harvesting cukes. Urban Farm Magazine had an article in the July/August 2012 issue about planting mid-summer for a fall and winter harvest.  After last year’s experiment with planting cucumbers next to my roses (because I had read they are companion plants), I was inspired to experiment again this year with butternut squash seeds I saved from last summer’s home garden crop.  If successful, we’ll have sweet butternut squash from the front yard in 90 – 100 days.

If you can’t wait that long, here’s a short list of veggies you could plant from seed right now.  They hold up to heat and take only 30 – 60 days to mature: beets, radishes, spinach, swiss chard, kale, turnips, mustard greens, leaf lettuce, kohlrabi, and green onion.

Waiting patiently for our summer tomatoes,

~Aimee, TFF

July 29, we have six butternut squash plants coming up. Yay! We also planted nasturtium, a natural insect repellent as well edible flower.
Here is my daughter spritzing the butternut squash seeds she and I planted on July 12 of this year.

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