Vegetables to Grow in a Summer Garden

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Vegetables to Grow in a Summer Garden
Vegetables to plant in a summer garden includes tomatoes, summer squash and peppers. (Basket of Garden Vegetables image by Karin Lau from

Vegetable gardening can be successful year-round, but in most regions, summer gardening is easiest because of the long days of sun and warm soil temperatures. The type of vegetables to grow in a summer garden varies depending on your region, soil and your available resources, but the most common produce includes tomatoes, peppers and summer squash.

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Summer Squash

Many varieties of squash are available, and most people associate the vegetable with fall seasons. But summer squash, also known as vegetable marrow, thrives in warm climates with no frost. This vegetable grows smaller than normal squash varieties and very tender because it must be picked before the skin hardens and matures. This vegetable is a bush-form plant and doesn't spread like vining winter squash, pumpkins or melons. When planting summer squash, choose a variety that you favour or one that is colourful to add some depth to your garden, such as scallop, patty pan, crookneck and zucchini (green and black).


Peppers love summer environments and have a wide range of flavours from sweet to very spicy. This vegetable is ideal to plant in full to partial sun, but needs significant amounts of watering to get established. They may also grow large, up to 4-foot tall bushes. Recommended summer peppers include sweet peppers like cherry peppers and red bell peppers; hot peppers like jalapeños; and more mild peppers like serrano.


Tomatoes have been adapted to almost any type of climate, but are known for the ripening vines of summer. One to two vines can supply a large amount of tomatoes, and must be staked, caged or trellised for the optimum growth. Choose from a wide variety, ranging from heavy large tomatoes like Brandywine and Early Girl, to smaller varieties like cherry tomatoes that grow yellow, red and orange. If you like sweet tomatoes, than this is the variety you should choose. You will have the most optimum summer tomato growth with adequate fertilising and substantial watering cycles.

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