The first day of summer (and longest day of the year) was Saturday, June 20th!

 

Of course, it has probably felt like summer for a long time already in your area, not to mention that spring flies by so fast. During early spring, everyone wants to garden. Dreams of crunchy peas and juicy tomatoes dance around our kitchens, and some of us even prepare a garden plot. We have lofty aspirations, but spring takes a pretty good bite out of them.

Before you know it, it’s 90 degrees, the longest day of the year, and you haven’t finished planting everything. 

Don’t be frustrated. We’ve all experienced it. And while summer might have dashed your hopes for a spring batch of peas, don’t let it compost your garden dream yet. It isn’t too late to get out there and grow something this summer!

(Besides, if you live in a Northern climate, gardeners are just getting started anyway. You’re right on time! 😉 )

 

If you want to grow more food this year (even if you’re behind where you want to be), here’s some things you can do right now:

 

First, go ahead and plant seeds anyway, even if you didn’t get anything in the ground yet!

Even if you’re a little late, some crops like zucchini or green beans will mature quickly under the summer sun. Discover what vegetable varieties mature quickest or tolerate extreme heat. Plant those varieties in your garden.

Second, do successive plantings in the garden you already have.

If you planted a few things before summer hit, plant a second (or third, or fourth, or fifth) round. Not only will you get more production, but you will also enjoy more consistent production.

That increases your chances of actually doing something with all that produce. (Oh, yes. I understand that battle too.)

And third, plan for a fall garden or crops that will overwinter. 

A lot like summer, fall creeps into our gardens without us noticing, and I think it will be more true than ever this year (because a lot of events from this spring have been rescheduled for this fall). Don’t let it catch you by surprise! Use some of these sweltering summer days to research what crops tolerate the cold. It will be time to get your fall garden crops in the ground before long anyway, so review your plans and your seed inventory, and then get the seeds that you need now and put them in a prominent location to help you remember.

Not only will you get a late harvest, but fall crops are also delicious, especially if you’re planting greens or carrots. (Some plants will overwinter, if you have a suitable climate and take proper steps to protect vegetation.)

Whatever option you choose, here’s something that will make it easier (and cheaper)!

To celebrate the official start of summer with the longest day of the year and more time in the garden and with family, we’re having a Start of Summer Event right now!

Discounts extended thru Sunday night!

Because our website experienced technical issues that prevented some folks from checking out their carts, we’ve decided to extend these offers through the weekend, to give everyone plenty of time to place those last-minute orders. 

Get our Herb Planting Calculator for free!

 

When you order at least $30 of our heirloom seeds now, you can get our Herb Planting Calculator for free!

Need cilantro and tomatoes for making salsa? Dill and cucumbers for making pickles? Basil and tomatoes for making sauce? Calculate when you should plant each crop, so they’re ready together, exactly when you need them for your favorite recipes. This tool makes it easy.

Use code SUMMERTIME20 at checkout to get your free calculator!

(Note: Code only applies to seed orders of at least $30. This code cannnot be combined with other offers or coupon codes.)

Get seeds for up to 40% off!

 

To help celebrate the start of summer, we’re also offering BIG discounts on select seed varieties (including some crops that you should be planting NOW)!  It will be too late to plant these crops soon…so grab what you need for a great price now. No coupon code required!

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    Bean Bush Dragon Tongue

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    Bean Pole Scarlet Runner

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    Cabbage Red Acre

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    Chard Fordhook Giant

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    Cilantro

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    Collard Greens Vates

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    Cucumber Boston Pickling

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    Dill Bouquet

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    Greens Tatsoi Mustard

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    Kale Lacinato

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    Lettuce Henderson’s Black Seeded Simpson

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    Lettuce Mereveille Des Quatre Saisons

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    Marigold African – Crackerjack Mix Flower

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    Okra Burgundy

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    Onion Evergreen Hardy White Bunching

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    Onion Yellow Sweet Spanish

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    Pea Oregon Giant

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    Pepper Cherry

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    Pepper Hot Anaheim

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    Pumpkin Connecticut Field

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    Pumpkin Jarrahdale Large

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    Radish Japanese Minowase Daikon

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    Spinach Bloomsdale

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    Summer Squash Black Beauty Zucchini

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    Summer Squash Dark Green Zucchini

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    Summer Squash Early Golden Crookneck

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    Summer Squash Golden Zucchini

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    Summer Squash Patty Pan Benning’s Green Tint

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    Summer Squash Round Zucchini

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    Summer Squash White Scallop

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    Tomato Amish Paste

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    Tomato Black Cherry

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    Tomato Dr Wyche

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    Tomato Morning Sun

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    Tomato Roma

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    Tomato Sungold

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    Tomato White Cherry

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    Tomato Yellow Brandywine

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    Tomato Yellow Pear

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    Turnip Purple Top

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    Watermelon Sugar Baby

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    Winter Squash Butternut Waltham

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    Winter Squash Spaghetti

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Learn about growing & using herbs!

Our FREE Fall Planting Calculator will help you determine exactly which crops you can still plant and what the latest date is that you can plant them. It allows you to input your First Average Frost Date and calculate indoor start date, outdoor planting date, transplant date, and more! Don’t wait until the last minute this year…