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Hot Vegetable Season

June 22nd, 2013

It’s that time of year for Northern gardener to transition to their warm season vegetables.  Before we left for Ohio, I pulled out the cool weather crops that bolted in our heat wave and planted peppers and tucked tiny lettuce plants in their shade. It won’t be long until I’m harvesting handfuls of peppers from the garden!
harvesting peppers
It certainly is great to these classic summer garden plants start to take center stage.  I almost can’t wait to eat the first ‘Kind of the North’ and ‘Lipstick’ pepper or the first ripe tomato.
tiny tomato
I do have one tiny green tomato in the garden, it’s not from a plant I started.  When I went to the Fedco tree sale in April, I picked up a ‘Siberan’ tomato plant.  It’s certainly living up to it’s name. I haven’t brought it inside at all and we’ve had many night down into the 30’s.  It’s flourishing away, blooming and setting tiny little fruit.  You can be I’ll be saving seeds from this lovely little plant, I think it might become a staple in my garden!

What warm weather vegetable is your favorite? 

7 Comments to “Hot Vegetable Season”
  1. kathi Cook on June 22, 2013 at 6:25 am

    Tomatoes! This year I purchased 2 grafted heirloom tomatoes as an experiment (from White Flower Farm) and am planting them along with the varieties I started from seed. We have had a very rainy start to our planting season. My tomatoes are slow to start this year.

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  2. Laura on June 22, 2013 at 9:38 am

    We’ve grown Siberian here in Fort Collins, CO for a few seasons now, definitely one to keep growing on! The perfect size, early, delicious. Also trying Asian eggplant this year, I think the small size will be helpful with our shorter season and cool nights.

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  3. Natalie on June 22, 2013 at 1:26 pm

    Tomatoes here, too. Mine seem to be doing well. The cherry tomatoes and yellow pear are doing the best so far and even have some lovely green tomatoes already!

    I’ve already tasted a bean from one of my plants and I’m looking forward to those, too.

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  4. Misti on June 22, 2013 at 2:41 pm

    I’m looking forward to my cowpeas this year as it is my first time growing them. Tomatoes are always on my happy harvest list. :)

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  5. Jennifer Fisk on June 22, 2013 at 8:44 pm

    I have to say tomatoes are my seasonal favorite but Patty Pan Squash are pretty wonderful.

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  6. Beth on June 23, 2013 at 1:49 am

    I like tomatoes and last year one of the best varieties I grew is called Juliette-it has grape tomatoes and they taste great! It puts off lots of tomatoes- I was picking them all the time

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  7. amy on June 23, 2013 at 8:30 am

    I guess like everyone else I would have to say tomatoes top the list…..but I am very partial to crook neck squash and zucchini as well:)

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