Green Finger cucumbers

Green Finger cucumbers

French breakfast radishes

Ready to harvest in just 29 days

If you haven’t planted your garden yet, you might find yourself gazing at your neighbors’ thriving gardens with envy—and at your own barren patches with regret.

“It’s not too late,” I tell customers who call our contact center. “Life always welcomes you back.”

Yes, life. The determined, leafy green stuff your smiling soil dreams of. It doesn’t matter if you’ve been busy with the kids’ graduations, working late on summer evenings, or with your own indecision over what to plant. Your garden wants you back.

And besides, it’s only June. Here are some veggies you can still plant and harvest, even if your season’s gotten off to a late start.

  • Green Finger Cucumbers, the tomato’s best friend, can have you harvesting in 60 days.
  • Provider Bush Beans, which love June’s warm soil, can be ready in 50 days.
  • Napoli Carrots can be harvested as baby carrots in 45 days, or full-sized in 55. Keep them in the ground until you are ready to use them.
  • Belstar Broccoli will be delicious with simple olive oil and garlic in 65 days.
  • Dinosaur Kale becomes sweeter after frost, so you may want to leave it in the ground. Otherwise, harvest baby greens in 30 days, and full-sized greens in 60.
  • French Breakfast Radishes can be ready to harvest in as few as 26 days! Enjoy their peppery crunch over Yankee Hardy Blend Lettuce, which is ready to harvest in 28 days. Another option: Rouge d’Hiver Lettuce, which yields baby greens—also ready in 28 days. That’s less than a month to grow your own salad.

Finally, here’s the most common question customers ask me: “Is it too late to plant tomatoes?”

Not yet. If you live in the north it’s finally warm enough to plant tomatoes outside. You can definitely start with seedlings from the garden center. And depending on your frost date, you might even be able to start from seed. Pruden’s Purple Tomato grows from organic, heirloom seeds and is an indeterminate ready to harvest in about 72 days. Check your frost date to see if you have enough time. Peacevine Cherry Tomatoes can have you harvesting in 78.

Holly Anagnos

So go ahead and put these little seeds in the ground. Don’t worry about how much growing season you have left. Even when you feel like it’s too late, life always welcomes you back.

—Holly Anagnos

Holly works in the call center at Gardener’s Supply.