I bet you’re harvesting a lot from your garden here in midsummer. Let’s celebrate that, and let’s remember how we got here.

Midsummer harvest

First, what to celebrate? Here are some items we are harvesting in early August from our yard. For vegetables, there are tomatoes, carrots, cucumbers, butternut squash, basil, kale and chard, lettuce, potatoes, and peppers.

Padron peppers. I roast them to add a nice heat to salsa.

For fruit, we’ve got Valencia oranges, Reed avocados, and pluots.

Flavor Grenade pluots, crisp and sweet.

And there are grapes too, which get eaten fast once the kids get their hands on some.

Venus grapes.

I know that some of you are eating lots of additional types of fruits and vegetables from your garden these days because you’ve shown me photos or even shared the treasures: green beans, tomatillos, zucchini, corn, dragon fruit, bananas, and watermelon. What am I forgetting? What a blessing! We can grow so much in Southern California.

Sowing and planting dates for a midsummer harvest

What if we want to have abundant midsummer harvests in the future? For vegetables, it’s about sowing or planting at the right time next winter or spring. Here are the dates on which I sowed the seeds or planted the seedlings that we are now harvesting:

Basil- sown May 22, planted June 19

Genovese basil in the garden.
Becomes pesto in the blender.

Butternut squash- planted April 30

Carrots- sown in ground March 11

Cucumber- sown March 3, planted April 26

Kale and chard- sown June 4, planted July 2

Lettuce- sown June 4, planted July 2

Made a shade structure for greens and lettuce this summer.
It’s working so far: midsummer harvest of a lettuce variety called ‘Kagraner Sommer’.

Peppers- planted May 9

Tomatoes- planted February 29; others sown January 31, planted April 30

When did you sow or plant the vegetables that have grown well and that you are now harvesting? Calendar those successful dates. It’s likely that they’ll work again for a future midsummer garden’s harvest.

Looking ahead

I’m feeling grateful that I put in the work of sowing and planting back in winter and spring (or years ago, in the case of fruit trees) so that I can now reap these rewards here in midsummer. Nevertheless, you know that there is no rest for a gardener, who can never stop sowing and planting if he is to continue the harvest.

(For a fall and winter harvest, what should we plant now? For vegetables, see my posts on August and September. For fruit, see what can be harvested in October, November, and December. And for the whole year, see my gardening calendar.)

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