Stop thinking about it and just dig in! If you want home-grown summer tomatoes, peppers and squash, you better get them planted now – or wait until next year.
There’s still time (such as this week) to plant most summer vegetables and flowers. But if you wait much longer, hot weather will hinder their growth. For tomatoes and other crops, choose varieties that need the least time to mature, preferably under 75 days.
▪ What to plant? From seed, plant beans, radishes, corn, pumpkins and squash (both summer and winter). Also plant basil and other annual herbs.
▪ For summer color, transplant petunias, marigolds and perennial flowers such as astilbe, columbine, coneflowers, coreopsis, dahlias, rudbeckia and verbena.
▪ Want beneficial insects to visit your garden? Plant seeds for sunflowers, asters, cosmos, salvia and zinnias.
▪ As spring-flowering shrubs finish blooming, prune them to remove old and dead wood. Lightly trim azaleas, fuchsias and marguerites for bushier plants.