Planting warm-season crops

Summer crops include snap beans, corn, cucumbers, melons, peppers, tomatoes, and squash

Keyhole vegetable garden

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Vegetables are classed as either warm- or cool-season, depending on the weather they need for best growth.

Warm-season veggies require both warm soil and high temperatures (with a little cooling at night) to grow steadily and produce crops.

They include traditional summer crops such as snap beans, corn, cucumbers, melons, peppers, tomatoes, and squash.

“Winter” squashes such as acorn, hubbard, and banana are actually warm season crops: the name refers not to the planting season, but to the fact that they can be stored for winter consumption.

For almost all of these vegetables, the fruit (rather than the roots or leaves), is the edible part. Warm season crops are killed by winter frosts, so don’t plant them until after the last frost in spring unless you give them cold protection.

Some warm-season crops:

Biennial and perennial crops
These crops don’t fall neatly into a cool or warm season category.

More:  Cool-season-crops

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