We are edging towards the start of summer, and with the higher temperatures comes the first of the garden bounty. If you are a new kitchen gardener, then this is the perfect time to keep those eyes out for early cropping varieties to include in next year’s seed orders.
Late to the game? Well, there is still the option of buying in new seedlings for the summer growing season, so keep reading!
Half season vegetables
A common horticultural term, half-season crops mature in half a growing season. They are the ideal crops for an early harvest alongside Autumnal plantings or perennial stalwarts.
Here are our recommendations for crops to start harvesting at the start of December.
They are late!
Your harvest date is somewhat reliant on the type of Spring that has come and gone. Warmer spring temperatures will hasten your early summer harvest, while perpetual cold temperatures or light frost will most likely slow it down.
No two years are alike, and something that works one year will not always do so the next. It is something that one gets used to over time. The easiest is to start anew with fresh seed or seedling packs if you can afford them.
Seedlings vs seed sowing: If you prefer buying six-packs of seedlings rather than sowing, remember to choose the best bang for your buck. Leafy greens will last longer and produce more from 6 plants that say six beetroots or carrots. Root vegetables also tend to warp if replanted from seedling trays rather than directly sown.
What can I sow now?
If it has been unseasonably cold or you have been late to the game, there are still a couple of crops you can add in.
Examples: Runner bean, Broccoli, Cabbage, Melons, Watermelon (depending on Province).
What are you harvesting this time of year? Add it in the comments below!