Quick-Start Guide for Easy Gardening

Summer’s here, and you may be kicking yourself for not getting more of a jump on your gardening. Luckily, it’s possible to plant year-round and still have bountiful harvests. Here are some quick tips to help you get your Summer garden going in no time.

Raised Beds

Raised beds are great for a couple of reasons. First, they can help keep smaller pests out of your garden, allowing for a healthier harvest. Second, they help keep the soil warmer and can prevent damage from early frosts. If you’re starting your garden in the summer, a raised bed can dramatically increase the successful yield from your crops.

Cold Frames

Cold frames are easy to build, and they deter the detrimental effects of strong weather. From frost to heavy thunderstorms to chilling winds, a cold frame will offer shelter to your garden. It also offers some protection from small animals. Most cold frames can be assembled with plywood, 2x4s, old windows and some screws.

Timing Your Veggies

The most important thing to think about when planting vegetables later in the summer is timing your harvest. You can plan what to plant based on germination time and ability to withstand cold. This list from Master Gardener Susan Patterson is perfect to get your garden going.

30-Day Crops






These germinate the fastest, meaning you can wait until September to plant them.

Root Crops

  • Radishes
  • Bunching onions

Leaf Crops

  • Broccoli
  • Leaf lettuces
  • Spinach

60-Day Crops








Plant by mid-August for best results.

Root Crops

  • Leeks
  • Turnips
  • Early carrots
  • Kohlrabi

Leaf Crops

  • Swiss chard
  • Collards
  • Winter cauliflower
  • Early cabbages

90-Day Crops

These should be planted mid-July for a fall harvest.

Root Crops

  • Globe onions
  • Parsnips
  • Carrots
  • Beets
  • Rutabaga

Leaf Crops

  • Fava beans
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Cabbages
  • Cauliflower