Are your summer vacation plans getting in the way of a planting a vegetable garden this year? For the years that our family takes a vacation in June or early July, we skip the summer gardening and concentrate on growing cool weather crops that can be enjoyed in May. The cooler weather of spring is ideal for growing salad greens and other spring veggies which keeps us supplied in fresh veggies until it’s time to leave for a family vacation.
Shallow trays gardening
I use shallow (2″ deep) planting trays for growing bunches of radishes and green onions which are among the fastest of all garden vegetables. I scatter radish seeds in one tray and plant onion starts in another. These delicious vegetables are ready to eat in 3 – 4 weeks after planting.
Salad greens such as Cobb, Buttercrunch, loose leaf lettuce, and spinach can be sown directly in the ground or in several large bowl-like containers. While most lettuce and spinach varieties take a minimum of 45 days to mature, “baby greens” can be harvested as early as 30 days. Ordinarily I would stagger my spring lettuce plantings for a continual supply over May and June, during vacation years, I skip the successive plantings and plant everything in mid to late April with the idea that by the time our vacation rolls around, most of the greens will have been harvested.
Some call it a vegetable, others call it a fruit but no matter what you call it, rhubarb is a healthy and tasty addition to any spring garden. Rhubarb is a perennial vegetable which grows from short, thick rhizomes and produces edible red or green stalks which are rich in fiber, potassium, and vitamins A and C. While this plant takes about three years to reach a mature size, once established will generate 2-3 pounds of edible “pie fruit” which can be harvested in late May.
Wrapping up the list of spring veggies that can be planted in early April for a late May harvest include turnips and turnips greens. These tasty root vegetables should be planted directly in the ground, and can be harvested as “baby turnips” as early as 30 days.
Planting a vegetable garden that works around your summer vacation is completely possible as long as you start early and plant veggies that are quick to mature. The varieties listed are some of the more popular spring vegetables that can be planted now and enjoyed before it’s time to leave for your summer vacation.
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