Flower gardens are good for the soul, not to mention they attract and support pollinators such as butterflies and hummingbirds. But growing food in your own backyard or on your deck, patio or balcony has emerged as one of the biggest garden trends in the last year. It makes sense, given how satisfying it is to steam beans picked minutes ago for dinner or popping a fresh cherry tomato in your mouth right off the vine. And even if you’ve procrastinated and haven’t planted a garden just yet, there’s still plenty of time to grow things.
While it’s too late in most of the country to plant cool-season veggies, such as lettuce and Swiss chard, for a summer harvest, you can sow these crops later this growing season for a fall harvest. In the meantime, heat lovers, such as tomatoes and beans, are ready for the garden right now. Don’t forget that vegetables need full sun, which is six or more hours per day. And plant flowers nearby, too, so pollinators help veggies such as pumpkins and squash form fruit (no pollination = no fruit). Now, find the sunniest spot in your garden and start planting.
Here are our favorite summer veggies you can grow right now: