Sowing Seeds in Summer
Enjoy fresh veggies and herbs from the garden later into the fall season by sowing seeds now! Crops that mature fairly quickly can be tucked into empty garden spaces for lush autumn harvests.
The number of days from seed to harvest is dependent on the variety of seed. Some mature earlier and some later. When choosing seeds for fall harvests, it’s a good idea to go with those that have the shortest days-to-harvest. Many seed companies also helpfully label packets as either cool season crops or warm season crops. Stick with cool season crops for fall harvesting. The fastest growing crops can be planted the latest into the season.
Just like spring seedlings, summer seedlings will need good fertile soil that is loose and easy to work.
- Beets… seed to harvest is 45-60 days.
- Broccoli… seed to harvest is 80-90 days. Harvest is best when days are less than 75 degrees.
- Cabbage… seed to harvest is 65-100 days.
- Carrots… seed to harvest is 50-90 days.
- Kale… seed to harvest is 55-65 days. A good kale will actually sweeten overnight during a frost.
- Lettuce… seed to harvest is 40-80 days. Loose leaf lettuces mature the fastest, then butterhead, then romaine and iceberg.
- Mustard Greens… seed to harvest is 30-40 days. Plant in late summer or early fall for the latest harvest.
- Radishes… seed to harvest is 21-35 days. Plant in late summer for a fall harvest.
- Spinach… seed to harvest is 35-50 days.
- Basil… seed to harvest is 50-60 days. Basil is damaged by cold temperatures so harvest the whole plant before the first killing frost.
- Cilantro… seed to harvest is 60-70 days.
- Dill… seed to harvest is 60-75 days.
- Parsley… seed to harvest is 70-90 days.