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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Things to Plant Now: Cukes, Zukes, Beans: Plant in Waves Every 2-3 Weeks

It is time to get all the warm crops in as seeds. Germination will be fast. The 80 degree days and 60 degree nights are here for good.

If you didn't buy transplants, it is time to put your pepper and tomato seeds in. I use transplants but even seeds will sprout and grow really fast with the arrival of heat.

These plants will grow great from being seeded in your garden: cukes, zukes, squashes, beans, and melons.

Anything you want to try out can go in over the next week as seed.

My only tip... Don't over plant. If you do, everything matures at once and you just can't eat it. Where you have space for 6 cucumbers, plant 3 now and 3 more in 2-3 weeks. This will give you more over a longer period of time.

Cucumbers and Zukes often get diseases and bugs. By planting every 2 to 3 weeks you can better survive the difficult periods and will have new stuff coming up to replace the battered and harvested plants.

Gardening goes to November in Maryland. Lots to do. No rushing needed.

Good Luck!


  1. good advice. this is my first year having a real yard in a reasonable climate (zone 6a, southern ohio) so I really have to check myself not to throw everything in the ground at once.

  2. Well I contain myself a little more each year but still havent perfected fighting the impulse. It really is hard not to fill every space ASAP.


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