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How To Replant A Vegetable Garden In Summer With Seeds – 8 Great Crops You Can Grow Again!

Did you know that summer is the perfect time to replant your vegetable garden, raised beds or containers with seeds?

So much focus goes into early spring planting that the summer planting season often takes a back seat. But mid-summer is actually one of the best times to start new plants. Not only is easy and inexpensive, it will also create an incredible late season harvest for you and your family, all while allowing you to take full advantage of your garden space!

So why is summer planting so ideal? In the summer, the soil is warm. That means there are no worries of a frost or a freeze to wipe out tender young plants. And as an added bonus, instead of having to start seeds indoors or purchase expensive transplants, you can sow seeds directly into the soil.

replanting a garden in summer with seeds
Summertime is actually a perfect time for replanting crops like cucumbers and zucchini.

Even better, there is plenty of daily light from the sun during the summer months. That, of course, makes it easy for seeds to germinate and grow quickly. But perhaps best of all, many of the pest and disease issues that occur in early spring are long gone by summer – making it far easier to grow healthy plants and have a successful harvest!

How To Replant A Vegetable Garden In Summer With Seeds

Replanting For A Big Fall Harvest – How To Replant A Vegetable Garden In The Summer

By mid-summer, many crops in a vegetable garden begin to slow down their production. Many times, spring pests and disease have taken their toll. This is especially true for crops such as zucchini, cucumbers, peas, beans and a long list of salad greens and crops.

But here is the good news – all of those crops are perfect for summer replanting! Even better, you can grow all of them quite easily and much less expensively with seeds. And with the cooler temperatures of fall around the corner, it also makes them easier to maintain and harvest as well.

The Best Summer Crops To Grow – How To Replant A Vegetable Garden In Summer With Seeds

It’s important to note that not all crops are ideal for replanting in the summer. Tomatoes, peppers, sweet corn and crops that have have a lengthy seed-to-maturity fruit times are not good candidates.

replanting garden with seeds in summer
By mid summer, many crops like this lettuce have bolted. But replanting can allow you to enjoy more fresh lettuce right into late fall!

Unfortunately, these crops take so long to reach maturity they are unable to produce harvestable fruit before the chill of late fall and winter set in. Luckily, there is still a long list of vegetable plants that will work incredibly well for a summer replant.

With that in mind, here is a look at some of the best vegetable crops to replant with seeds in mid-summer – along with some key tips and tricks for growing success. We have included seed links along with each variety as well for those in need of seeds, which can sometimes be hard to find in the middle of summer.

8 Great Crops To Replant This Summer – How To Replant A Vegetable Garden In The Summer

One quick note before covering some great crops for replanting, it’s important to always add a little energy back into your soil before sowing a second round of seeds. Spring crops use quite a bit of the soil’s energy to grow and mature, and a quick recharge of the soil will help your fall crops reach their full potential.

The easiest way to do this is to add in generous amounts of compost to your seed rows as you plant. Simply layer in a few inches of compost into each planting row as you go!

Green Beans – How To Replant A Vegetable Garden In Summer With Seeds

Most spring planted bean crops are just about finished by mid-July. Simply pull out your bean plants and replant with new seeds for a great fall harvest. Beans grow fast, especially with the warmth of summer. In fact, varieties such as Bush Lake can be harvested in around 60 days.

Beans are a great choice for summer replanting because they require little additional nutrients from the soil. In fact, they usually improve the soil where they grow, making it great for whatever crop you grow in the same space next year!

Cucumbers – How To Replant A Vegetable Garden In Summer With Seeds

Of all summer crops to replant, cucumbers are one of the easiest and most productive. Cucumber seeds germinate fast in the warm summer soil. Even better, two of the biggest issues for cucumbers early in the season, cucumber beetles and mildew, are long gone by summer!

By choosing a quick maturing variety, you can have a second crop of cucumbers producing big by early fall. See our article: How To Replant Cucumbers In Summer With Seeds – Replace Your Dying Plants!

replanting cucumbers with seed - replacing damaged cucumbers
By mid-summer, many spring planted cucumber plants begin to show serious signs of pest and disease damage.
Zucchini – How To Replant A Vegetable Garden In Summer With Seeds

Although zucchini are prolific producers when they are growing, the plants often fail in mid summer. The summer heat and the age of the plants simply begin to take their toll. At this point, it’s best to simply plant new seeds and start the process all over again.

Zucchini seeds, like cucumbers, sprout quickly in the warm summer soil. Couple that with their fast seed to fruit time, and you can have plenty of zucchini back on the table from late summer to first frost.

Radishes – How To Replant A Vegetable Garden In Summer With Seeds

Radishes are a super fast seed-to-harvest vegetable. With varieties that can mature in as little as four weeks, they can be planted every few weeks in mid-summer to keep a fresh supply on hand.

Plant a steady supply every 10 to 14 days into September, and enjoy them right up until your first frost!

Peas / Sugar Snap Peas

Summertime is the perfect time to plant a second round of traditional or sugar snap peas. Peas love cool weather, and by planting in July and August, they will mature as the cool weather sets in.

growing peas with cucumbers
Peas are one of the best crops for summer replanting. They grow and produce fast for a great fall harvest.

Best of all, peas actually improve the soil for the next crop, so they only help to build soil strength for next year. If planting a climbing variety, be sure to put the supports in before planting, it makes maintaining your crop much easier!

Lettuce, Kale & Spinach – How To Replant A Vegetable Garden In Summer With Seeds

Lettuce and leaf crops often wilt and bolt in the hot summer sun. But by planting a new crop of seeds in mid to late summer, they can begin to come on as the temperatures cool off a bit.

Leaf lettuce crops are among the fastest growers of all in a garden. Many varieties of lettuce can go from seed to harvest in just three to four weeks. Sow a row of seeds every few weeks through the summer weeks to keep a fresh crop coming on into late fall.

Both spinach and kale prefer growing in the cooler fall weather. In fact, the cooler weather actually improves their flavor. Sow a row every few weeks from late summer until the first week or two of September to enjoy fresh eating right up until October

Here is to replanting your vegetable garden this summer with seeds – and enjoying an incredible fall harvest!

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