May and June is the perfect time to plant heat-loving summer vegetables. Planted too early, they sulk — planted too late, their season is cut short. Some plants just tolerate summer, but these sizzlers actually prefer the heat, bright light and long days of the summer months ahead.
Some of these summer specialties are started from transplants, but others are best from seed.
It seems that growing plants from seed is almost a lost art in many gardens. However, with only slightly more effort, growing a few vegetables from seed will reward you with many more choices and even better flavor.
Sow seeds now of lima and snap beans, corn, cucumbers, melons, pumpkins, soybeans and squash. These are all large seeds that are easy to plant and quick to germinate.
Another advantage of most summer vegetables is that they offer a long harvest. Unlike the all-at-once scenario of many cool-season crops like lettuce, cabbage, cauliflower, radish and others, most of these summer vegetables will offer their bounty over a two- or three-month period.