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Jun 28, 2010 09:42 PM

What can i still plant?

I started my first vegetable garden this year. I was under serious time crunch to get it done before leaving the country and wanting to keep it simple enough for husband to tend. i was also unsure about the area as there were some sun issues. We are in zone 8b but in a hilly area, so while it gets very hot, it can cool down too. my point is all it looks like we will get this year is lettuce, mint, squash and tomatoes. I am very happy with that, but my cucumbers disappeared, my peppers never materialized and I'm doubtful on the strawberries. Any crops i can still plant or should I just wait for next year? Thank for yor help as I really have no clue what O am doing!

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  1. You can plant lots of stuff now for fall/winter eating. Broccoli, cauliflower, kale, collards, carrots, turnips, beets, cabbage, peas, green beans, kohlrabi, celeriac, edamame. Radishes can be planted anytime since they have a 28 day cycle. Cole crops and heavy greens actually benefit from cold weather and light frosts and become sweeter. We're in zone 6b and we've just seeded many of the above for the fall garden.

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    1. re: morwen

      Thanks, like I said this is all new to me. For the fall crops do I need to plant in a new area or can I pull up the plants that did not grow and plant there?

      1. re: elliora

        It's always good to plant something different from what was previously planted in an area. Think crop rotation. Here are several threads on on the topic:

    2. I also think you can plant other things w/a short cycle. For instance, I have some Empress Bean seeds that I'm getting ready to put out; they're on a 55 day cycle, and we're in Chicago. I think it's safe to say we can get them in and get a good harvest by the end of August w/o any danger of frost. Many varieties that are made for the shorter growing seasons of the north may do well. For instance, Cherry tomatoes grow faster. I think it's too late for the strawberries, but they should be perrenials if you're in zone 8, just read about how to overwinter those. You might even be able to buy some pepper plants from the store still and do ok.